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  • Quotes in New Articles on California Strawberries in the Press

    While I do enjoy the company of my family and others here at home during the shelter in place order, nevertheless sitting around on my can all day just writing, reading and talking on the phone isn't exactly what I signed up for folks. Still, it's a...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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    Working from Home but Not Worse for Wear

    As with my other colleagues from the UCCE, I am working from home to comply with the state order to shelter in place. Doesn't mean I have to not enjoy the time here in the house, for example take a look at the tasty fruity chocolate strawberry snack my...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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    Hurray for the Scientists!

    You all know the image of US Marines planting the US flag in the rocky soil of Iwo Jima in World War II.  Cartoonist Mike Luckovich has turned this iconic image into one depicting those who are on the front lines today of the battle...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Lewis mite from strawberry field in the vicinity of San Andreas Road.  Note how spots run the length of the body and somewhat geometric appearance of the body.  Also smaller when compared to twospotted mites.
    So This is Lewis Mite

    Thanks to some sharp eyed grower colleagues - and well equipped with some impressive hand lens and field microscopes I might add - I got my hands on some good Lewis mites and was able get some pictures.  Truly, these do look different than...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Grafted scion and rootstock, note that graft line is intentionally left above the surface of the soil.
    Grafting in Strawberry to Obtain Heightened Resistance to Pathogens

    Introduction:  Grafting is increasingly common in vegetable crops such as cucumbers, tomatoes and watermelons as this technique has continued the possibility of production of these commodities in disease infested soils which can no longer be...


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