Many methods are used to harvest olives. Often the configuration of the olive grove and the canopy-design of the tree will dictate methods for harvest. Groves with trees 15-20 feet apart may use hand-harvests or machine-assisted harvesting. Tree layout in high density design (6′ between trees/12′ rows = 300+ trees per acre) suggests using an over-the-row harvester. Hand harvesting can be facilitated using only the bare hands, electric and pneumatic hand-held machines. Mechanized tree shakers and over-the-row harvesters are used in more heavily commercial operations. Click here***<insert link to FOC partners> to see a list of harvesting equipment.
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