California table olive harvest up
August 10, 2017
• Growers expect a 9 percent increase
• Forecast for 2017 is 73,000 tons
The 2017 California table olive forecast is 73,000 tons, up 9 percent from last year’s crop of 67,100 tons, according to a survey released Thursday.
The survey was conducted by the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Pacific Regional Office.
Bearing acreage is estimated at 19,000 acres, which results in a yield of 3.84 tons per acre.
The Manzanillo production forecast is 63,500 tons, Sevillano production forecast is 9,000 tons, and other varieties are expected to total 500 tons.
Good weather and increased precipitation provided improved conditions for California table olive growers. A cool January and February led to good floral development with a high bloom and adequate pollen.
However, hot temperatures during bloom may reduce the set, and as well as concerns of labor shortages during harvest. The California table olive crop is currently in bloom.
About the survey
There were 328 growers sampled for the survey. Reports from 142 were used to establish the forecast. The sample is designed to provide a state estimate of all varieties; estimates by variety are less precise.