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  • 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
  • Closer view.  Carmine mite among large infestation of twospotted spider mites.  Note late stage twospotted mite nymph at upper left.
    Carmine Mite in Strawberry

    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
  • Chill Accumulations - Pajaro Valley.  Each year represents Nov 1- Feb 8.
    Chill Hours Up Substantially for 2020-21 Season

    Had a good question today on whether or not this winter, measured in chill hours (that is to say, accumulation of hours of temperatures between 32 and 45 degrees F), has been colder than others.  Didn't seem that way, but it does serve to check. If...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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    Huge New Strawberry Themed Mosaic in Watsonville

    If you live in Watsonville, have you seen this?  This is on the side of the parking garage next to Courthouse and library on the south side of Main Street. It extends the full five levels of the parking garage.  It's not difficult to feel the...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • A Word About this Year's UCCE Annual Strawberry Production Meeting

    As we get closer to the time of our annual strawberry production research meeting, I want to share with you what we are doing.  Clearly, having some 300 attendees packed shoulder to shoulder in a closed room to listen to the latest in strawberry...


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