high density olive farming (SHD)

Apr. 6, 2022

Researchers Unveil the Latest Technologies to Help Harvest and Produce Olive Oil

Spanish researchers have worked to develop new technologies in response to what some of the industry's largest stakeholders said they needed most.

Mar. 2, 2022

Record Yields for Portugal in the 2021/22 Crop Year

Ideal weather and more modern olive groves allowed Portugal to harvest up to 230,000 tons of olive oil. However, experts warn of challenges ahead.

Dec. 6, 2021

Global Olive Oil Production Will Reach 4.4M Tons by 2050, Expert Projects

Intensive groves will outnumber traditional farms thirty years from now, and the number of olive oil-producing countries will rise to 80, says Juan Vilar.

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Dec. 6, 2021

Study: Traditional Olive Groves Absorb More Carbon than Intensive Ones

A study from the University of Jaén shows that traditional olive groves directly combat climate change and cause far less environmental damage than intensive cultivation methods.

Nov. 3, 2021

Portugal’s Transition to Modern Farming Yields Another Record Harvest

Portugal will produce 150,000 tons of olive oil in the 2021-22 crop year. Favorable weather and the sector’s continuing modernization were attributed to the bumper harvest.

Oct. 27, 2021

Study: Agricultural Intensification Hurts Olive Grove Productivity

Researchers in Andalusia found that agricultural intensification hurt olive groves by eliminating the natural predators of pests and depleting soil quality.

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Dec. 18, 2020

Modern Olive Growing Starting to Overtake Traditional Methods

While the majority of olive oil production still comes from traditional growers in the Mediterranean, newer farms are focusing on more efficient orchards and experiencing a steady growth in production.

Oct. 15, 2020

Bans on Night Harvesting Have Alleviated Threat to Migratory Birds

The head of conservation for BirdLife Europe applauded prohibitions on nighttime intensive olive harvesting in Spain and Portugal.

Jul. 13, 2020

Portugal Bans Nocturnal Olive Harvesting Practice for Upcoming Season

While conservationists have hailed the move as a step in the right direction, many of them have urged the country's ministry fo agriculture to make the ban permanent.

Feb. 21, 2020

Climate Change Is Transforming How Plants and Soil Interact

Changes in temperature and precipitation patterns can fundamentally transform microorganism communities in the soil. This, in turn, impacts plant growth and, potentially, crop productivity.

Feb. 7, 2020

Italy's Olive Oil Competitiveness Hindered by Aging Groves

With higher costs and lower yields than modern olive oil farms, quality alone may not be enough to protect Italy's smaller producers in a fast-changing international market.

Jan. 2, 2020

Portugal May Be the Third-largest Olive Oil Producer by 2030

Investments in high-density groves and modern mills are driving Portugal's rise among olive oil producers.

Nov. 5, 2019

Organic Olive Groves Flourish in Spain

In 2018, the surface area of organic olive groves increased by three percent in Spain. A country-wide push toward sustainability and better profit margins on organic oils are among the contributing factors.

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