SEPTEMBER, AUTUMN

From the beginning of September, and for a month time, the olive grove ground, for its 300 hectares, is covered by over 3 million square metres of agriculture netting, in order to optimize the olives’ harvest.

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Pioneers in using avant-garde agronomic techniques, the Estate has introduced the use of non-dragging  nets for olives’harvest for the first time in the eighties. Due to the soil morphology, laid for 30% on steep slope, and to the olive trees’ type,   it has been decided to stop the use of dragging nets, whose spreading was time consuming and, in case of bad weather, they couldn’t allow the harvesting of the olives.

Nets Spreading

This job requires several teams and the use of 6 tractors with a machine hung aback (we inventend it! It seems a long tight cage), which unrolls and spreads the net.

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The first team is in charge of the spreading: they lay down to the ground the upper strip of the net and  secure it with U-shaped galvanized iron nails, two at the far end of the net and one in the middle.

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The second team lifts the rolls and inserts them in the cage-machine placed on the tractor’s back; the tractor moves forward and unroll the net, spreading it on the ground.

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Then, following ancestral traditions, different teams of women proceed to sew with twine the ends of the nets spread on the ground. In this way, nets are more resistant to the passage of the pickers and the shakers in the collection phase and also prevents some of the olives from falling in the interstices between a net and the other.

By this netting-spread method, 13 hectares per day are covered on average, counting 12.000 square meters netting per hectare.

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