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  • False chinch bugs aggregating on strawberry fruit.  Photo courtesy Amber Schat.
    False Chinch Bugs on the Move

    I've had some calls the last few days concerning really large concentrations of bugs showing up in strawberries.  This can be common depending on the year but it's good to know what they are so you don't freak out and do something that isn't...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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    Virtual Farm Call: You Be the Judge

    Had the fruit pictured below show up in one of my pick plots, and figured I'd put this one out to the readers on some opinions on what this could be. The brown lesions on the fruit are hard, but not sunken like one would see with anthracnose.  Not...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Larva of the convergent ladybird beetle.
    Hello There My Little Friend

    Just picking one of my strawberry trials this morning (yes, yes, I pick by myself, usually the nearest person is like a quarter of a mile away - it's pretty therapeutic actually) and I happened across this little guy wandering about on top of the bed...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Figure 1: Temperatures from 8-29 to 9-6..  Note that measurement of temperature began at approximately noon on August 29, 2019 and peaks are realized around 2 pm every day, temperatures measured in degrees Celsius.
    Initial Investigation to Reduce Reversion in Blackberries

    Rationale: Reversion, meaning the reddening of part or all of a blackberry fruit after harvest, has become a major problem for blackberry growers across the United States who can lose up to 25% of their total crop to this phenomenon.  What makes the...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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    Marketing Candy by Strawberry Variety in Japan

    I have to concede that from what I've seen lately, Japanese candy vendors really know their craft when it comes to quality and marketing.  Just recently we had sent to us a strawberry caramel candy being marketed by the name of the most popular...


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