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  • Figure 2 – the ovipositor of Drosophila suzukii (one of the two lobes, side view).
    Spotted Wing Drosophila Primer

    Hey everybody, Mark here.  Sometimes it's good to go back and review the basics on a problem, and Dr. Artyom Kopp from UC Davis, an expert on vinegar flies, including of course spotted wing drosophila, offered up the post below. ...


  • A Comment on Passive versus Active Approaches in Guiding Research Efforts

    Most people would agree that science is a powerful tool to solve problems and offers much to bring about betterment in the material life of humanity generally speaking. However, my thesis here is that science is most effective when it is actively...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Strawberry plants of the variety Monterey, week of Oct 25 in MacDoel.
    Nursery Chill: MacDoel - Week of October 25

    This is the third and final picture of a field of Monterey variety strawberry being grown by Crown Nursery in MacDoel. Total accumulation of chill by 10/25 in Macdoel when this picture was taken was 468 hours (thank...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • America's most popular Pop-Tart flavor.  Change in strawberry content meaningful for local growers?
    PopTarts Under Fire for Low Strawberry Fruit Content

    Interesting article popped up in yesterday's Wall Street Journal that might be of interest to local strawberry...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Field of Monterey variety strawberry at MacDoel, Oct 17, 2021.  Cold conditioning has clearly advanced from 10 days ago when last picture was taken.
    Nursery Chill: MacDoel

    Thanks to Doug Thomas of Crown Nursery for providing the photo to keep us posted of the progression of in field cold conditioning in MacDoel of our day neutral strawberries.  These are Monterey Total accumulation of chill by 10/14...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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  • Photo by Carol Witham
    Free Rancher Seminar - 3 hours DPR Credits

    Three hours of continuing education credits (including 1 hour of laws and regs) have just been approved by California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) for the 20th Annual Continuing Education Seminar for Ranchers. This free, online event will...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Photo by Carol Witham
    Rancher Seminar - December 8

    Join the San Benito County Weed Management Area for our 20th Annual Continuing Education Seminar for Ranchers! It will be a virtual meeting again this year. Attendees can join via Zoom or telephone. Click here for the flyer. Agenda will be coming...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Job Announcement - Fire Advisor Position on the Central Coast

    UC Cooperative Extension will be hiring a Fire Advisor on the Central Coast: https://ucanr.edu/about/jobs/?jobnum=1934. The position will be headquartered in San Benito County (Hollister) and will also cover Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Virtual Water Measurement and Reporting Courses Scheduled for November 4, 2021 9:00 am-12:30 PM

    Senate Bill 88 requires that all water right holders who have previously diverted or intend to divert more than 10 acre-feet per year (riparian and pre-1914 claims), or who are authorized to divert more than 10 acre-feet per year under a permit, license,...


    By Devii R. Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Two upcoming workshops: soil health and rangeland drill seeding

    If you are interested in soil health or rangeland drill seeding you may be interested in these two upcoming in-person, outdoor workshops. Workshop 1: The Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Fall's Meeting is titled Let's talk about compost and...


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