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  • Quotes in New Articles on California Strawberries in the Press

    While I do enjoy the company of my family and others here at home during the shelter in place order, nevertheless sitting around on my can all day just writing, reading and talking on the phone isn't exactly what I signed up for folks. Still, it's a...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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    Working from Home but Not Worse for Wear

    As with my other colleagues from the UCCE, I am working from home to comply with the state order to shelter in place. Doesn't mean I have to not enjoy the time here in the house, for example take a look at the tasty fruity chocolate strawberry snack my...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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    Hurray for the Scientists!

    You all know the image of US Marines planting the US flag in the rocky soil of Iwo Jima in World War II.  Cartoonist Mike Luckovich has turned this iconic image into one depicting those who are on the front lines today of the battle...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Lewis mite from strawberry field in the vicinity of San Andreas Road.  Note how spots run the length of the body and somewhat geometric appearance of the body.  Also smaller when compared to twospotted mites.
    So This is Lewis Mite

    Thanks to some sharp eyed grower colleagues - and well equipped with some impressive hand lens and field microscopes I might add - I got my hands on some good Lewis mites and was able get some pictures.  Truly, these do look different than...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Grafted scion and rootstock, note that graft line is intentionally left above the surface of the soil.
    Grafting in Strawberry to Obtain Heightened Resistance to Pathogens

    Introduction:  Grafting is increasingly common in vegetable crops such as cucumbers, tomatoes and watermelons as this technique has continued the possibility of production of these commodities in disease infested soils which can no longer be...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
Livestock and Range Update Blogs
  • Coronavirus in humans and livestock

    Coronaviruses in human and animal health Gabriele Maier, CE Specialist for Beef Cattle Herd Health and Production March 30, 2020 Now that we are in the midst of the Covid19 outbreak, you might wonder about how this virus is different from...


    By Gabriele Ute Maier
    Author - DVM, MPVM, DACVPM, PhD
  • UCCE Continues Operations Remotely During COVID-19 Outbreak

    First, I want to say that I hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy during this challenging time. People in San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz counties are now sheltering in place. Here are some good tips for protecting yourself and...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
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    Here's What People Want to Know About Oaks: Responses to a Survey

    Julie Finzel and Rebecca Ozeran (UCCE Livestock Advisors in the Central Valley) and I are interested in developing a research project related to oaks and we want to make sure to the project will be valuable to our clientele. So, on September 14, 2018 I...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
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    Benefits of Livestock for Fire Fuels Reduction and Fire Safety

    Thanks to generous support from the newly formed California Cattle Council, UC Cooperative Extension will begin conducting a study to estimate how much fuel livestock consume across California and whether grazing decreases wildfire speed and intensity....


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Should I still vaccinate for brucellosis

    Every state decides on the requirement for brucellosis vaccination in cattle. In California, assembly bill 1801 repealed the mandatory calfhood vaccination for intact female beef breeds 12 months of age or older and sold within the state as of January 1,...


    By Gabriele Ute Maier
    Author - DVM, MPVM, DACVPM, PhD
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