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Pressing Season News

Source: Food and Farm News
January 01, 2006

This year rain interrupted picking, fruit ripened later and those who gambled and waited got large yields. Extended, mild autumn weather has aided California olive growers. The conditions allowed farmers to lengthen their harvest until they could find enough workers to pick the crops. Labor shortages had been a serious concern in olive groves during the earlier part of the harvest. The latest figures show farmers have harvested more olives than predicted, about 105-thousand tons statewide. The Olive Growers Council says some farmers may have earned their first profit in several years.