Strawberries & Caneberries

The strawberry and caneberry (raspberries and blackberries) program is run by Mark Bolda and serves the grower community via traditional agricultural extension, research and investigation of problems in these important crops in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties. Current areas of proposed research include enhancing yield and post harvest quality of promotion of winter strawberry production,investigations into the cost of production of caneberries, and being on the alert for issues arising from the transition from methyl bromide to alternative soil fumigants.

 

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Anthracnose on Strawberry

Berry Links

2018 Muestra De Costos Para Producir Y Cosechar Zarzamoras De Mercado Fresco

2018 Sample Costs to Produce and Harvest Fresh Market Blackberries

Presentations from the 2019 Annual Strawberry Meeting

Presentations from the 2019 Central Coast Caneberry Meeting

2017 Costos de Muestra para Producir y Cosechar Frambuesas de Mercado Fresco

2017 Sample Costs to Produce & Harvest Primocane Bearing Raspberries

2016 MUESTRA DE COSTOS PARA PRODUCIR Y COSECHAR FRESAS

2016 Sample Costs to Produce and Harvest Strawberries

Presentations from the 2017 Annual Caneberry Meeting

Presentations from the 2017 Annual Central Coast Strawberry Meeting

Presentations from the 2016 Annual Central Coast Strawberry Meeting

2015 Annual Strawberry Meeting Presentations

Mineral Nutrition of Strawberry - Presentation from NASGA 2-5-2015

Presentations from the 2014 Annual Central Coast Strawberry Meeting

Berry Mineral Nutrition Meeting Presentations

Presentations from the Farming without Fumigants Symposium

Presentations from the 2013 Annual Central Coast Strawberry Meeting

Presentations from the 2013 Caneberry Meeting

Presentations from the 2012 Panel Discussion of Entomology in Strawberries and Caneberries

Presentations from the 2012 Annual Central Coast Strawberry Meeting

Presentations from 2011 Panel Discussion of Entomology in Strawberries and Caneberries

LBAM - Small Farm Conference Presentation Mark Bolda 2011

Presentations from 2011 Annual Strawberry Meeting

UC IPM Website for Strawberries

UC IPM Website for Caneberries

Cost and Return Studies

Strawberry/Caneberry Staff

Photo of Mark Bolda
Mark Bolda
Title: County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
Address:
Cooperative Extension Santa Cruz County
1430 Freedom Boulevard, Suite E
Watsonville, CA 95076-2796
Phone: (831) 763-8025
Fax: (831) 763-8006
Email: mpbolda@ucanr.edu
Mark Bolda's Blog
  • Grass fly of the insect family Chloropinae. Photo courtesy of Central Coast agricultural professional.
    Grass Fly of the Family Chloropinae Causing a Stir in Local Bathrooms

    Eye catching headline aside, the grass fly depicted in the first photo below has caught the attention of sharp eyed observers in area bathrooms.  I've seen one too, and, yes, you guessed it, in a bathroom next to a fruit field. Why the...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
    By Alejandro del Pozo
    Author
  • Watsonville Raspberry Cull Piles 6 2019
    I'm Assuming These are Going to Buried Somewhere...

    So they don't infest neighboring areas with loads and loads of flies.  Remember that time from egg to adult vinegar or spotted wing drosophila fly is something over two weeks when the conditions are right, so big piles of culls like these need to...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Mariscada and Tailgate on Nitrogen Management for Strawberry Growers

    Just a head's up to everyone on a brief education event concerning nitrogen management in strawberry on the Central Coast.  Good content featuring discussion on nitrogen use, especially the the utility of preplant fertilizer, in the...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Nice Article on Leak Rots for Progressive Crop Consultant

    My colleague Steve Koike over at Trical Diagnostics and I wrote a really good article on leak rots caused by Mucor and Rhizopus for the last edition of Progressive Crop Consultant.  The impetus for writing the article, as you...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • One of the larger exemplars we picked yesterday, this one weighed 14 grams. And yes it was quite tasty.
    Remarkably Large Blackberries

    Just a few shots below of some unusually large blackberries we are taking out of study looking at fertility modification and tunnel plastic management to reduce "reversion" in this crop (more to follow - it's an interesting study).  Variety is...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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