Blogs: Agriculture and Natural Resource

Mark Bolda's Berry Blog
  • Grass fly of the insect family Chloropinae. Photo courtesy of Central Coast agricultural professional.
    Grass Fly of the Family Chloropinae Causing a Stir in Local Bathrooms

    Eye catching headline aside, the grass fly depicted in the first photo below has caught the attention of sharp eyed observers in area bathrooms.  I've seen one too, and, yes, you guessed it, in a bathroom next to a fruit field. Why the...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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  • Watsonville Raspberry Cull Piles 6 2019
    I'm Assuming These are Going to Buried Somewhere...

    So they don't infest neighboring areas with loads and loads of flies.  Remember that time from egg to adult vinegar or spotted wing drosophila fly is something over two weeks when the conditions are right, so big piles of culls like these need to...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Mariscada and Tailgate on Nitrogen Management for Strawberry Growers

    Just a head's up to everyone on a brief education event concerning nitrogen management in strawberry on the Central Coast.  Good content featuring discussion on nitrogen use, especially the the utility of preplant fertilizer, in the...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Nice Article on Leak Rots for Progressive Crop Consultant

    My colleague Steve Koike over at Trical Diagnostics and I wrote a really good article on leak rots caused by Mucor and Rhizopus for the last edition of Progressive Crop Consultant.  The impetus for writing the article, as you...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • One of the larger exemplars we picked yesterday, this one weighed 14 grams. And yes it was quite tasty.
    Remarkably Large Blackberries

    Just a few shots below of some unusually large blackberries we are taking out of study looking at fertility modification and tunnel plastic management to reduce "reversion" in this crop (more to follow - it's an interesting study).  Variety is...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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  • Reminder: Ranching for Profit Workshop with Dave Pratt - September 25

    Register now to learn how to increase profit on your ranch!  This is a workshop not to be missed. We were lucky enough to get Dave Pratt, owner of Ranch Management Consultants, to come talk to local producers about tools that can help you...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - Acting San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Looking for Targeted Grazers

    Stephanie Larson, Livestock and Range Management Advisor in Sonoma County is making a comprehensive list of people who do targeted grazing. Below is an email Stephanie recently sent out... In the wake of the devastating wildfires that affected Sonoma...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - Acting San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Photo credit: Bryan Voelker
    Hunting Enterprise Workshop

    Are you interested in learning about setting up a hunting enterprise on your ranch? We are gauging interest in a workshop on the topic that would include speakers who successfully implement hunting enterprises in California.  The workshop would...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - Acting San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Rangeland Management and Erosion Prevention Workshop - September 5

    Join us to learn about livestock management strategies to prevent erosion; new plants for fire breaks; weed control; and more! Date: September 5, 2019Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pmLocation: Heritage Ranch at 4870 Heritage Road Paso Robles, CAMax Participants:...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - Acting San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Ranching for Profit Workshop - September 25

    Come learn how to increase profit on your ranch! Dave Pratt, owner of Ranch Management Consultants, will introduce topics from the Ranching for Profit School that can help you increase effectiveness, reduce stress and create business success. Additional...


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