2017 Olive Harvest

In Spain, Exports Grow While Consumption Falls

After drought and disease clouded export forecasts, the Spanish government is optimistic that they are in an upswing. The same is not true for consumption though as research shows Spaniards are perpetually using less olive oil.

Award-Winning Producer Credits His Team of ‘Harvest Experts’

For two months a team of 150 people harvest the olives at Cortijo Virgen de los Milagros, like their parents and grandparents did. "The mill is only the extractor," says Luis Montabes. "Quality is born in the fields."
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After Wildfires, California Producers Find Inspiration in Harvest

California olive growers discuss this year's expected yields, as well as the challenges and rewards of their work.

Croatians Celebrate a ‘High Quality’ Olive Harvest

Olive oil producers in Croatia are happy with their new batch of freshly-pressed oil and report that despite lower yields, oil quality is even better than last year.
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In Western Greece, Hail Punches Olives to the Ground Just Before Harvest

Stormy weather in western parts of Greece pummeled olive trees at the worst possible moment.

Drought Unlikely to Affect Yield, Say Some Greek Producers

Dry conditions over the last six months in Greece have created anxiety in the olive oil industry over yield this season. Producers are reporting, however, that their production might be better than expected.
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Olive Oil Times Readers Share Harvest Images

The photos illustrate the hard work and the joy each harvest brings to olive farmers in the Northern Hemisphere this time of year.

World Olive Oil Production Figures for 2017 Show Mixed Results

The current season looks mediocre after heat waves and droughts affected some areas over the summer.