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PostBad News for This Year's Olive Harvest (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 07/30/19 5:11 am)
Here in the Savona area the weather was not so bad. We had strong winds and heavy rain for a while but no hail.
Unfortunately for the olives, it was already a very bad year due to the winter/spring weather extreme drought when rain was necessary followed by rain or continuous drizzle when sunshine was needed. Therefore we had few flowers and of these very few were pollinated. Many trees have practically no olives at all.
In 20 years I've never seen a situation like that. I wonder if it will even be worth attempting a harvest, but my wife says that even if we get only a few liters we shall try to save the few fruits that can be found.
JE comments: I am really sorry, Eugenio. Looks like we'll have to ration our rapidly dwindling supply of Olio di Battaglia 2018. This spring at WAIS HQ we planted a cherry grove (the Michigan equivalent of olives), and between the birds and the beetles, we now have a collection of expensive sticks in the ground.
Every day I'm thankful I don't have to raise my own food.