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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

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Mark Bolda
Title: County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
Specialty: Strawberry and caneberry culture - horticulture, fertility, pest management practices, closed environment agriculture
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
  • Twospotted spider mite at top, Lewis mites in the group of three toward bottom.  Note the slightly larger size of the twospotted as compared to the Lewis.  Markings are larger and more distinct for twospotted spider mite, and less so and running all along the side for Lewis.
    Twospotted Spider Mite and Lewis Mite Side by Side

    Finally got the shot of twospotted spider mite and Lewis mite close to one another in the same picture for comparison. I've shared this with others, but these two mites tend not to be found together, and rather form colonies on different parts of the...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Closer view.  Carmine mite among large infestation of twospotted spider mites.  Note late stage twospotted mite nymph at upper left.
    Carmine Mite in Strawberry - Addended

    This one doesn't show too much in strawberry here on the Central Coast, so I was glad when the sample was brought in to me.  Complaint was fairly significant numbers of a reddish mite mixed together with a mess of twospotted mite. Are these going to...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Clear damage from bird feeding on what many know to be the seeds of strawberry.
    Birds Like Strawberry Too

    Most of you know that birds are a real terror in blueberry, so much that netting is mandatory for blueberry growers across the country.  Be it as it may that strawberries sustain a lot less damage from birds than do blueberry, strawberry growers are...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • 2021 Annual Strawberry Meeting Now Open

    Our meeting is now open for access. This has been a massive undertaking for presenters, organizers and tech people, but here we are, good to go.  As I've stated before, videos are on-demand, so can be viewed at your leisure and when your powers of...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • LBAM Certified Scout Training Now Online

    So this year you don't have to hassle with coming down to my office, partake in less than premium coffee and miss some of your morning work on the farm.  The Certified Scout training for LBAM is on youtube this year.   I've...


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