• Modern harvesting methods such as shakers and straddle harvesters (pictured) have been developed to make the picking rate much faster, and has been based on systems used for other larger fruit
  • Straddle harvesters are designed for large operations with high density groves and high levels of production
  • Mechanicised methods of harvesting often shake the tree so rigorously that the branches, leaves and even the trunk can be damaged
  • The high density planting of mechanically farmed areas is usually more than 300 trees per hectare. New groves are designed for maximum advantage of machinery
  • Super high-density groves have only proven to work with three varieties of olive: Arbequina,Arbosana and Koroneiki. This is because of their relatively small size and height, as this structure of planting restricts how big the trees can be.