The California table olive industry...
Mechanizing the harvest of table olives presents some unique challenges. The tree canopy and trunk must be adapted to the interface with the harvester, avoiding damage to the tree, and the fruit must be collected with minimum bruising. Our team brings dedication and diverse experience to these tasks, with the support of the growers and processors of the table olive industry.
Customizing both machine & tree for more efficient harvesting. (video: UC President's office 2013)
A summary of progress by Elizabeth Fichtner, UCCE Advisor, Tulare County
UC Delivers 2013
From the Galleries...
Where We Are Now
Dr. Louise Ferguson provides an assessment of the progress made at Project Year 5 (July 2011) and the challenges ahead for mechanization of table olive harvest in California: