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Tuesday, 06 February 2007 02:51

Olive Oil Harvest Impacted By Last Season’s Weather

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slide21According to the Farms of Amador the olive production of the Amador Olive Oil Company in 2006 was way down compared to the previous year, 2005. Owner Susan Bragstad reported that in 2005 the harvest yielded three and a half tons from the farm but this year she was lucky to get a little more than a ton. According to the Farms of Amador newsletter production in the Central Valley was almost non-existant this year as well.
slide22 Nick Sciabica & Sons Olive Oil Press stated that this was the worst olive harvest in 100 years. Bragstad reports that she was able to produce enough product this year by picking old groves around the county, including groves in Ione. There are many reasons for the skimpy olive production this year, including too little rain last February, too much rain in June, and too much heat for three weeks this last summer. All of the same issues dealt with by farmers through out the state. The good news, the quality of the olives was very good with very little impact from fruit fly infestation, producing a high quality olive oil.
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