Jun 072012

I just love harvesting equipment and my favorite is the Colossus mechanized olive harvester. I don’t think we’ve used any of the MaqTec olive harvesters in the US yet, but I know that the Colossus mechanized orange harvester is used in Florida.

These harvesters are enormous and what I like best about them is that they allow olive growers to plant and harvest more olive varieties than just the few that are available on the small (super-high density) side. This makes for a greater variety of table olives and olive oils in the countries that grow them.

So here is the MaqTec video for the Colossus S, the S stands for the sensors used to detect the trunk of the olive tree as the Colossus passes over. I hope you enjoy the video and the sexy club music sound track.

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May the sun shine through your branches.


Apr 092012

Now let’s go to the west coast of the United States for Sacramento Valley Olive Day. Below is the schedule for the Olive Day educational sessions. As you will see it is full of great information. I’m not sure if there is a registration fee, but as the Boy Scout motto says – be prepared.

The Sacramento Valley Olive Day will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 1620 Solano St, Corning, CA 96021. The event is co-sponsored by Musco Family Olives, Bell Carter Olives, California Olive Ranch, West Coast Olive Products, and the Glenn County Agriculture Commissioner.

7:30 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Agriculture Commissioner Update – Doug Compton, Tehama County Agriculture Commissioners Office
8:20 a.m. Review of Olive Fly Situation at the Canners 2011
8:35 a.m. Olive Pest Management District Updates
8:55 a.m. Olive Fly Control Update – Bill Krueger, UCCE Farm Advisor, Glenn County
9:25 a.m. Mechanical Harvest Update – Louise Ferguson, UCCE Olive Specialist
9:55 a.m. Coffee break
10:15 a.m. Overview of Olive Diseases Including Olive Knot – Elizabeth Fichtner, UCCE Farm Advisor, Tulare County
10:45 a.m. Olive Root Physiology and Root Functions – Joe Connell, UCCE Farm Advisor, Butte County
11:15 a.m. Research Updates: Stem Water Potential, A Tool for Irrigation Scheduling and Monitoring and Mechanical Hedging of Oil Olives – Bill Krueger
11:45 a.m. California Olive Committee Activities – Alexander Ott, Executive Director, California Olive Committee
12:15 p.m. Lunch, courtesy of Musco Family Olives, Bell Carter Olives and California Olive Ranch


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May the sun shine through your branches.