- Author: Therese Kapaun
Mid-autumn in the San Joaquin Valley indicates the beginning of the olive harvest. Lindcove is primarily known for it's citrus blocks, but has a small planting of Manzanillo and Sevillano olive trees. Olives are generally alternate bearing, and Dr. Carol Lovatt (UC Riverside) and Dr. Elizabeth Fichtner (Tulare County Farm Advisor) have been experimenting with plant growth regulators to improve flowering for the off years, in efforts to improve crop yields. At harvest, fruit from each tree is picked into individual bins and weighed.