22 Aug

North California: Time to celebrate olives

By Cynthia Culp Allen, If you’re looking for something fun and local to do this weekend, you can’t go wrong with Corning’s 18th annual Olive Festival. It starts Friday evening and ends around 4 p.m. Saturday. You can go to some or all of the events. This weekend promises great weather to enjoy the activities. […]

21 Aug

Madera, CA: Olive price is up, but production mediocre

By Ramona Frances, Unlike other commodities in Madera County, the fruit from olive-bearing orchards will not lead to a “bumper” crop this year. The price may be good, but this year’s yields aren’t as impressive. “Some of the trees are looking good (this year), others don’t have anything on them at all,” said grower Jim […]

20 Aug

California’s 2007 olive crop

California’s 2007 olive crop forecast is 110.0 thousand tons, more than 4 times larger than last year’s crop. The bearing acres are estimated to be 31.0 thousand acres, resulting in a yield of 3.55 tons per acre. Although the 2007 California olive crop seems to be turning out lighter than originally expected, it is shaping […]

20 Aug

Turkish Olives and olive oil producers ask for urgent solutions

By GÖZDE ASLANTAŞ, A dramatic fall in this year’s olive oil production has forced producers to ask for government support. “The loss in olive orchards is growing every day,” said Ersezgin Companies Group food department chief, Naci Özgen, illustrating the dim situation of olive oil and olive producers. In addition to the ravaging effects of […]

14 Aug

Californian table olive growers get record prices as acreage shrinks

By Ching Lee, California olive growers are expecting excellent prices for this year’s crop, which is projected to be 112,000 tons, up considerably from last year’s 16,800 tons. After a disastrous crop in 2006, California table olive growers are poised to receive some of the highest prices ever for their fruit this year, but many […]