OLIVE FORMATION

OLIVE FORMATION

After flowering, wind-pollination takes place and olive fruit starts forming through various developmental stages. A crucial stage among others is “seed hardening” after which the olive fruit fly (Bactrocera (Dacus) oleace) starts attacking. At this point Dacus baits must already be placed; otherwise severe yield and quality losses are unavoidable. Another important stage is the initiation of oil production, occurring progressively after the warm days of September and during which, potassium requirements must be met or else severe oil reduction occurs.

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