If in many respects 2020 was dramatic, at least from the point of view of “oil”, it reserved some satisfactions for farmers and for operators in the sector in general: the quality of the oil released from the mills was excellent in general throughout Italy, while productivity was more contracted in the south and more abundant in the centre north. What was the influence of the climate? In the last 10 years, how much have climatic conditions influenced the quality of production?
2019 another not exceptional oil season from various points of view: the results of the analysis of Tuscan oil confirm the difficulties of the sector that have persisted for several years now due to the difficult climatic conditions.
The 2018/2019 oil campaign can now be considered concluded for this year and, as in other years, we are able to comment on the results of the analyses carried out on a few dozen samples from various areas of Tuscany. Furthermore we have carried out a small study to learn more about determination of the appropriate harvesting period in the case of a heterogeneous olive grove that has several cultivars.
The beginning of the season was rightly perturbed by forecasts of reduced production which came true. In particular, in a few central Italian region, productivity was very low, whereas at a national level, production was below average, despite being slightly up compared to the previous oil production season. What about quality?
A low productivity and high quality of the oil have been foreseen at the launch of the 2017 oil season. In the chemical laboratories of CDR we started to analyze the oil samples of the 2017 season. We see the first results of the analysis of the oil. Are the forecasts respected?
An analysis of Tuscan oil quality in 2016. In particular, the influence of climate and the milling plant was studied using the results of chemical analyses carried out at CDR laboratories, using the CDR OxiTester analysis system.
The quality of the olive oil produced this year is much lower than the average of the past years. Our R&D laboratory made its annual analytical study of some samples of olive oil produced in Tuscany. Here you can read all the data and the result of the analysis and find a correlation between the quality parameters and summer rainfalls.
Like every year, the R&D chemical laboratory has carried out a research about olive oil quality through the analysis of olive oil samples from several Tuscan districts. Simone Pucci, Manager of CDR Chemical Laboratory, illustrates the study in this article.