2020 olive harvest

Sep. 21, 2020

Some Signs Suggest Better Outlook for Greek Farmers

Lower yield predictions in Spain and Italy open new hopes for Greek olive growers as harvesting begins.

Sep. 16, 2020

Climate and COVID Worry Farmers Preparing for Harvest

An Olive Oil Times survey reveals a season of growing uncertainties and challenges for olive oil producers.

Sep. 14, 2020

Bad Weather Ahead of Harvest Dampens Spirits of Italy's Olive Oil Producers

Extreme weather events – ranging from hail storms to flash flooding – have impacted olive growers across Italy. For many farmers, hopes of a promising harvest have washed away.

Aug. 31, 2020

Mounting Concerns in Greece as Harvest Nears

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and persistently low olive oil prices remain the biggest worries for producers.

Aug. 27, 2020

Worker Shortages Problematic for Italian Farms as Harvest Nears

The usual influx of seasonal workers who come to harvest apples, grapes and olives in Italy has been interrupted. Travel restrictions related to COVID-19 has politicians and farmers worried that key crops will not be picked in time.

Aug. 21, 2020

Spain's Farmers Welcome Low Harvest Forecasts

An official for one of Spain’s main agricultural unions argues that steadily rising global consumption paired with a decrease in production may lead to more demand for Spanish olive oil and cause prices to rise.

Jun. 16, 2020

An Olive Harvest in Peru Amid Sweeping Changes

Peruvian producers expect a 50-percent-lower yield this year while the COVID-19 pandemic increases consumption and changes in the sector abound.

Jun. 9, 2020

Pandemic, Drought Slow Chilean Harvest

Chile's worsening coronavirus outbreak has added to the challenges facing producers who nevertheless remain optimistic about the quality of their harvests.

Jun. 5, 2020

USDA Predicts Global Olive Oil Production To Decrease Again

The United States Department of Agriculture predicts that global olive oil production will fall by nearly three percent, to 3.03 million tons, in the 2020/21 crop year.

Apr. 21, 2020

Drought, Worker Shortages and Roaming Boars: Challenges Mount for Italy's Farmers

Thousands of small farmers are having to contend with seasonal labor shortages, a lack of spare parts for their machines, severe drought and wild boars roaming through unworked fields. Italian agriculture is facing challenges from all directions in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr. 17, 2020

Uruguay Anticipates Poor Harvest Amid Pandemic

Uruguayan olive oil producers are expecting a 60-percent production decrease in 2020, after a record-breaking harvest in 2019. The coronavirus toll on tourism, exports and production costs are hurting their profitability.

Apr. 8, 2020

Olive Harvest in South Africa Proceeds Largely Unhindered

South Africa is in lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but with the necessary permits, EVOO producers continue harvesting.

Apr. 6, 2020

Argentina Olive Harvest Begins Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

As the coronavirus spreads through Argentina, olive growers and oil producers are facing complications both during and after the harvest. Small producers are likely to be impacted the most.