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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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  • Vertebrate pest seminars

    Every two years, the Vertebrate Pest Council hosts a series of seminars providing updates and information on managing vertebrate pests.  It is time for our next cycle!  This year the seminars will be virtual.  They will be hosting three...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
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    San Benito County Family Receives Excellence in Range Management Award

    By Devii Rao and Karminder Brown The Schmidt Family Ranch and Peterson Land & Cattle Company has received the 2020 Excellence in Range Management Award from the California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management. The award recognized the...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
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    Prescribed Firelighter and Wildland Firefighter Training

    Learn the fundamentals of prescribed firelighting and wildland firefighting during this hands-on, one-day field training (choose 1 of the 3 workshop locations). There won't be any live fire at this training, but the training will give you the building...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • BQA Online annoucement
    Beef Quality Assurance Training Online

    UC Cooperative Extension in collaboration with the California Beef Council are excited to offer an online Beef Quality Assurance Training and Certification on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 5:30-7:00 pm. The online training will include presentations on...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • A Guide to Livestock Leases for Annual Rangelands

    A Guide to Livestock Leases for Annual Rangelands is a great new UC ANR publication. If you are an agency or private landowner, or if you are a rancher who leases land, you will want to check it out: https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8679.pdf.


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
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