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    Soils Saturated Heavily - What Now?

    Along with the rising waters of the past few weeks, concerns about the status of our strawberries have risen as well. For their part strawberry roots, as you can see from paragraph #6 out of the book "Small Fruit Management” by Galleta and...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Announcing February 7 Annual Strawberry Production Research Meeting

    I am looking forward to sponsoring together with UC ANR Event Services this year's UCCE Annual Strawberry Production Meeting on February 7. It's going to be a monster meeting, with a ton of new information for Central Coast strawberry growers -...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • 2023 CA Strawberry Acreage to Hit All Time Highs

    The Jan 4 edition of the weekly California Farm Bureau newspaper "Ag Alert" had a very good article written by Ching Lee about the huge amount of strawberry acres planted for 2023.  31,852 acres of strawberries are already in the ground, and...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Thoughts on the New Year

    I was asked by a newsletter to which I contribute for a few remarks on coming 2023; thought they might be worth sharing here too:    Get ready for a more muscular and responsive UC Cooperative Extension.  This last year we added three...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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    All Hands on Deck to Bring in the Harvest in Japan

    Interesting take on resolving labor shortages in this morning's Wall Street Journal in an article written by Miho Inada. Very much like our strawberry industry, Japan has been experiencing a real worker shortage but for the time being at least...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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    2023 Central Coast CalTREX (Prescribed Fire Training) announcement

    Hello lovers of good fire, The CCTREX planning team is excited to announce the Central Coast Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (CalTREX) June 3-10 2023. The CCTREX will take place throughout the Monterey...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
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    New Fire Advisor's Share Needs Assessment Survey

    A team of new UCCE Fire Advisors would like to hear from you about your needs related to fire. Please click this link if you'd like to provide them with guidance as they develop their research and education programs.


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
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    U.S. EPA proposed changes to rodenticide labels for agricultural use: opportunity for public comment

    Authors of this article are: Roger A. Baldwin, Professor of Cooperative Extension, UC Davis and Niamh Quinn, Cooperative Extension Advisor, UC South Coast Research and Extension Center   Rodents cause substantial damage and health risks in...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Pile Burn Webinar and Workshop

    Join UCCE for a two-part pile burning workshop. Part One: Hand Pile Burning Fundamentals Webinar Date & Time: January 31st, 2023 from 6-8 PM PST.Format: Free Zoom-based webinar.Sign up by January 30, 2023 here. Part Two: In-Person Hand Pile...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
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    Coyote Brush Control Study Proposal

    UC Cooperative Extension San Benito County is going to collaborate with San Jose State University to develop a CAL FIRE Forest Health Research grant proposal. We are interested in looking at different methods to control coyote brush (Baccharis...


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