This year there are a lot of inflorescence’s and the flowers are starting to open but they seem to be drying up immediately. I don’t see any pollen. The flowers that do open look like they are all staminate (not perfect, aborted pistils) flowers. Will this be another low crop year?
Most olives on the branch are ripening, just one is all green, If only the rest of the orchard was this ripe. If I can get time at the mill I hope to harvest the Leccinos in about 10 days, the Missions in 2-3 weeks. The crop is small again this year, reason? Most other growers have the same problem. Oh well, less work marketing the oil and a small crop means large olives that are easy to pick.
Fly count this week was way up, 103. Let's hope for a cold snap to shut those buggers down. Not so cold that the fruit freezes.
Olive Fruit Fly count for this week was 18, I missed last week so that is a two week count. Let's just say it was 9 per week. The GF-120 spray seems to be working, being chilly each night helps.
If you look closely you can see a couple of the olives changing color. The color change seems to be about two weeks ahead of last year. The first Missions had a slight color change on the day of the autumnal equinox, (Sept 22nd) The Leccino's are mostly black now. They should be ready to pick in late October
Olive Fruit Fly counts
16 September - 59
23 September - 23
This year the fall peak of fruit flies that usually occurs in October is earlier and much bigger than usual
Olive Fruit fly counts
12 August - 3
19 August - 2
26 August - 8
2 Sept - 32
9 Sept - 57
Olive Fruit fly counts:
22 July - 7
19 July - 2
8 August - 2
The Magnet O/L traps and the spinosad seem to have worked well keeping the fly counts low.
This will be a running commentary on how things are going at the Homestead Olive Ranch, People ask us, why are you growing olives? The usual answer is "Everyone else is doing grapes around here". But the real answer is we are passionate about good olive oil and it is extremely satisfying to grow something, take it to market, give someone a sample and have them say "Wow, this is good"