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  • PDF for September 14, 2022 Fumigation and Fumigation Alternative Presentation in SLO

    I made the attached presentation this past Wednesday for the CAPCA group in San Luis Obispo, and some in the audience requested that it be posted.  It's nothing fancy, and doesn't have the bells and whistles of Camtasia or something like that. ...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • UCCE Cost of Production for Central Coast Organic Strawberries Now Available

    Our updated for 2022 Organic Strawberry Cost of Production Study is now available, finished it a couple of weeks ago.  Nice work once again with Jeremy Murdock and the team at the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Have a good day!
    Have a Good Day!

    I walk to and from work every day, and while the walk is short, there is frequently a lot to see and think about.  A big apartment construction going on, the people living and not in the cemetery and the comings and goings around the markets on...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Biodegradable Mulch Field Day September 9

    Just letting you all know that we are having our field day for an update on our biodegradable mulch work in strawberry this coming September 9 at the Naturipe Berry Farms, 154 CA-156.  Starts at 9 am and goes until 11.  For those of you...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Case in point:  there were like twenty flies around this fruit and we had to go another 15 feet or so to find another like it.
    Fruit Sanitation in Strawberry and SWD

    I am currently underway with a field trial investigating the relationship between spotted wing drosophila and leak rot in strawberry.  The hypothesis is that the flies, which wound the fruit with their egg laying are also accelerating the...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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