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Mark Bolda's Berry Blog
  • Nice presentation of the berries, note the small calyx.
    Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

    A very special friend of our family celebrated an important birthday this past week, and brought over two of the chocolate covered strawberries she received as a present on this big day. If you can believe it, I had never eaten this delicacy before -...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Odd stippling on tops of leaves of primocane blackberry.
    I'm Stuck

    Here's one for all of you that I just can't figure out.  Symptoms (see Photo 1 below) are on fruiting primocane blackberry, under tunnels.  Maybe 5% of leaves affected, mostly limited to the bottom third of the hedgerow but issue does...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Seinfeld on Remote Comedy

    A number of you may have heard by now about the op ed by Jerry Seinfeld in the New York Times (the "newspaper of record" as it were) as a response to an article saying how NYC will never come back post Covid.  He loves New York, and makes a...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Ashes scattered all over the leaves.
    Ashes

    In case any of you are wondering what the strawberries look like right now with the fires close by (about 30 miles away) burning, I took some pictures of one of the test plots I happened to be harvesting this afternoon. Influence is negligible, a bit of...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Softened fruit by heat has rendered it susceptible to vinegar flies, of which a maggot is clearly visible.
    Roasting August Heat Creates a Wonderland of Pathologies in Strawberry

    Hi folks, I've had some questions lately on how the summer heat has been affecting strawberries, so I thought I'd get some pictures together and accompany them with some comments and insight. Bottom line is that the heat is really killing the...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
Livestock and Range Update Blogs
  • Central Coast Rangeland Research Updates - Workshop on September 29 from 4-5 pm

    UCCE San Luis Obispo County is hosting a one-hour Zoom workshop covering the following topics: Forage Production and Nutrient Quality Trace Mineral Supplementation Toxic Plants Healthy Soils / Composting Yeomans Plow Grazing Reduces Wildfire...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
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    2020 Forage Production in San Benito County

    This is a summary of forage production clipping from 2020. I was able to clip forage production at two sites in San Benito County: one in Rainfall Zone A and the other in Rainfall Zone B. Click here to see the Rainfall Zones.  Table 1 shows two...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Your Input Needed for the 2020 Ranchers Seminar

    The San Benito County Weed Management Area (WMA) is planning the Continuing Education Seminar for Ranchers which is normally held at the Vets Hall in Hollister in early December.  Since health guidelines will likely not allow us to hold a large...


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

    I recently found some interesting documents that my predecessor, Sergio Garcia, published in 1999 regarding seeding mixes for the Central Coast. Click here for his dryland range seeding recommendations. Click here for his irrigated pasture seeding...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
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    Contribute to San Benito County 4-H Without Spending Any Extra Money or Time

    4-H needs your help! Watch this 1-minute video to learn how to contribute to San Benito County 4-H without spending any extra money or time! It's easy to do by using the 4-H Visa Debit Card for your regular everyday expenses. In order to get the...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
Salinas Valley Agriculture
Small Farm News
Bug Squad
  • This the cover of second-grader Greg Kareofelas booklet on monarchs. He now serves as an associate at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis, and as a tour guide for non-profit organizations.
    Why We Need to Teach Science in Elementary School

    Two adults, apparently not science aficionados, recently asked me: "What is entomology?" Quick answer: insect science. "What is a monarch?"Quick answer: An orange and black butterfly that's the icon of the butterfly world.  Science....


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • The Egg: Greg Kareofelas collected this egg from a narrowleaf milkweed in his Davis yard on Aug. 25. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)
    A Monarch Named Ruth

    When a monarch butterfly fluttered into the Davis garden of naturalist Greg Kareofelas and laid an egg on his narrowleaf milkweed, it marked the beginning of a story that ended with the flight of Ruth.  Usually the life cycle--from egg to...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • A honey bee nectaring on African blue basil blossoms is unaware that on the other side, camouflaged and hidden in the shadows, is a praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    The Honey Bee and the Praying Mantis

    So I'm a praying mantis and being a top-notch real estate developer, I've located the best place in the pollinator garden. I have acquired the proper plans and permits to orchestrate complete control over the property. Ah, the fragrance of the African...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • A honey bee nectaring on African blue basil in Vacaville, Calif. At right is Salvia microphylla
    The Beauty of the Bee

    Have you ever pulled up a chair in your garden and watched honey bees foraging? They are so intent on their "bees-ness" that they don't know you're there.  It's a great opportunity to photograph them. Sometimes, if you're lucky, they'll buzz over...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • Professor Fran Keller of Folsom Lake College with a bottle of Dogface Cabernet Sauvignon produced by Lone Buffalo Vineyards and Winery, Auburn. Sales of the wine help conservation efforts of Placer Land Trust to protect the butterfly, the California state insect.
    California Dogface Butterfly Is Making Quite a Splash

    The California Dogface Butterfly, the state insect, is making quite a splash, and Placer Land Trust and UC Davis-affiliated scientists are an integral part of that. It seems as if the image of the dogface butterfly is everywhere. It's on every...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
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