Dec. 5, 2022
The last few seasons in Slovenia have been characterized by high summer temperatures and a lack of precipitation. Salvation came with heavy September rains.
Dec. 5, 2022
Olive Fruit Fly Could Undermine Greek Olive Oil Production
The fruit fly threatens expectations of a bumper crop. Experts suggest a change in established practices of fighting the pest.
Sep. 29, 2022
Promising Signs of a Robust Harvest in Greece
Contrary to other main European producers, Greece expects a substantial increase in its harvest yield. However, significant challenges could hamper the final tally.
Aug. 26, 2022
Croatian Olive Grower Innovates to Overcome Drought, Pests
From irrigating at night to covering developed fruit in kaolin clay, one Croatian producer is adapting to the country’s increasingly hot and dry summers.
Aug. 1, 2022
Xylella Fastidiosa Containment Protocol Proves Effective in Puglia
Groves following the treatment protocol to prevent the spread of the disease are healthy and produce award-winning olive oil.
Jul. 25, 2022
Europe Reconsiders Pesticide Ban as Global Food Crisis Looms
The Commission had proposed an ambitious plan to cut pesticide use in half by 2020. Nearly half of E.U. member states oppose the move.
May. 9, 2022 Business
As Pesticide Bans Loom, Croatian Agronomists Advise Other Methods to Stop the Olive Fly
Feb. 18, 2021
Project Helps Growers Prepare for Challenges Posed by Climate Change
By collecting raw climatic data from around the region, the Med-Gold project aims to be a useful tool for the agriculture sector.
Nov. 12, 2020
Experts in Italy Offer Advice for Olive Growers Combating the Fruit Fly
Careful monitoring of traps and applying treatments at the right times are among the keys to preventing extensive damage from the olive tree pest, experts say.
Sep. 22, 2020
Olive Flies in Spain Are Immune to Common Pesticide, Study Finds
Roughly 80 percent of olive fruit fly populations on the mainland have genes that confer resistance to one of the most popular pesticides.
Jul. 21, 2020
Farmers Warn Pesticide Ban Jeopardizes Italy's Olive Oil Production
While the prohibition on dimethoate-based pesticides was delayed until October, farmers and their supporters argue that no alternative treatments are available in time for the 2020 harvest.
Jan. 16, 2020
Olive Oil Times Survey Shows a Better Harvest, While Challenges Persist
Producers around the world were asked to rate this year's harvest and share their concerns. Climate change, low prices and a lack of consumer knowledge are at the top of their minds.
Jul. 23, 2019
Experts Offer Tips on Preparing for the Warm Season in Organic Olive Groves
The warm season corresponds to crucial phases for olive trees. Two experts provided their suggestions for the successful management of the organic olive grove in these conditions.
Jul. 16, 2019
Use of Dimethoate to be Banned in EU
The European Commission will not renew an earlier approval of the active substance dimethoate.
Oct. 20, 2014
Croatian Olive Growers Face a Disappointing Harvest
The olive harvest has started earlier than usual in the Croatian olive-growing regions of Istria and Dalmatia, bringing disappointing yields.
Jan. 12, 2014
Oxitec Still Pursuing Trial Release of GM Olive Flies in Spain
A British biotech firm hopes a field trial of its modified fly will still go ahead despite recently withdrawing its application.
Nov. 5, 2013
Greek Olive Oil Production Down Fifty Percent
Weather and other natural conditions are being blamed for destroying crops during a critical point of the season.
Aug. 27, 2013
Spain Considers Trial Release of Genetically-Modified Olive Flies
Genetically-modified olive flies will be released in a Catalan olive grove if a field trial is approved in Spain.
Mar. 27, 2013
Latest Data on Weak Spanish Harvest
Spain dribbled out less than 49,000 tons of olive oil in February, about a third of its production last year.
Sep. 4, 2012
Europe Debates Use of Modified Olive Fly
Spain’s crucial olive fly control program gets underway amid debate in wider Europe over whether to allow the use of genetically modified insects as pest control.
Sep. 4, 2012
Warm Weather's Ambiguous Effect on Olives
Warmer weather can serve as a natural pesticide for olive trees, but it will also cause a reduced olive oil production.
Oct. 17, 2011
Olive Fly Adds to Andalusian Woes
Lack of rain is not the only reason forecasts of another bumper year of olive oil production are viewed cautiously in Spain – the olive fruit fly has reared its fearsome head earlier and in greater numbers.