fruit fly

As Promising Harvest Nears in Italy, Favorable Conditions for the Olive Fruit Fly Too

A patchy attack in various parts of the country, due to frequent rains and warm temperatures, have made the last period of the growing season a challenge for olive farmers against one of their most feared pests.

Concerns About Dimethoate Ban Among French Olive Growers

Following a ban on the use of the insecticide dimethoate in France, French olive growers are concerned about the risk of damage to olive trees by the olive fruit fly, and increasing production costs.
Special Report

Study on Fruit Fly Control Wins Research Award

A winning paper proposes on an efficient, economically viable, and environmentally friendly solution to an old problem.

After the Olive Fruit Fly and Bacterial Blight, the Dreaded Starling

There is little relief in this "Black Year" for Italian olive oil with challenges seeming to come from every direction.
Olive Oil Times Special

A Harvest to Forget

This part of central Italy is famous for its quality oil grown on stony hillsides, but this year the olive fly has caused havoc in Umbria.

Add France to Growing List of Poor Harvests

The olive fly enjoyed a mild winter in Provence this year, devastating crops and the region's prized olive oils.
Special Report

Umbrian Leaders Seek Action for ‘Huge Damages’ to Region’s Growers

Umbria's olive oil production will suffer a dramatic loss, that in some areas could reach 80 percent.

Umbrian Farmers Find Little to Celebrate

Umbrian farmers are in no mood to celebrate this year's dismal harvest. Many will simply leave the olives to rot on their trees.