Harvest Tips

We are happy to offer as much information and advice as we can. Details such as size, ripeness, and oil quantity are all very cultivar specific and so can’t be accurately generalized.

 

Harvest Bins

Picking Bins

  • large white perforated bin = 900 to 1000 lbs
  • half bin = 400 to 500 lbs
  • yellow hand-picking bin = 35 lbs

 

Hand Harvesting

Harvest

  • Olives should be harvested no more than 24 hours before milling, preferably less.
  • Harvest only clean olives – no leaves, stones, dirt, etc.
  • Harvest olives directly from the tree rather than picking them off the ground. If you are using tarps, make sure they are clean and well maintained.
  • Do not harvest olives that have frost damage: watch your evening and early morning temperatures.
  • Any diseased, frozen, or fly-infected olives should be removed from the trees and destroyed.
  • Use perforated bins if possible. Avoid harvesting into fermentation bins or plastic bags as they can cause olives to heat up and ferment.

 

Olive Fly Damage

Olive Fly

 

 

 

Talk to your miller ahead of time about your fruit, harvest schedule, and milling parameters. The day of your harvest is not the best day to make important decisions. We prefer to talk with our growers ahead of time and then make any adjustments on milling day. Here are some tips to working with your olive miller:

  • Make reservations in advance. Get on the mill’s schedule to ensure your olives are processed the day they arrive.
  • Stay in contact with your miller regarding your harvest and fruit delivery. The mill has a schedule to follow.
  • Do not bring diseased or olive fly-infected olives to the mill. This spreads the fly population and can contaminate nearby groves.
  • Keep to your harvest and delivery schedule. Late or missed deliveries impact the mill’s schedule and can delay the processing of your fruit.

 

If you have any questions or want more information, give us a call at (707) 864-1529.

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