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  • Monterey variety strawberries at Macdoel Oct 29.  Photo courtesy Doug Thomas, Crown Nursery
    Update on Nursery Chill Oct 29

    One can see here from the picture kindly provided by Doug Thomas of Crown Nursery that the cold of late is having an effect. Total accumulation of chill by 10/29 in Macdoel when this picture was taken was 364 hours (this is over 329 one week ago) between...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Monterey, MacDoel, Oct 22, 2020. Some change to plants visible as they enter dormancy.  Photo courtesy Doug Thomas, Crown Nursery
    Update on Nursery Chill Oct 23

    Thanks to Doug Thomas of Crown Nursery, I'm able to see how the plants are changing as the weather cools up at MacDoel.  This is a picture of Monterey close to the field of my original post.   Total chill between 33 and 45 degrees...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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    Biodegradable Plastic Mulches are Not Allowed in Certified Organic Production!

    Biodegradable plastic mulches (BDMs) are a promising alternative to polyethylene mulch. The concept is simple. Rather than pulling used plastic mulch from a field and stockpiling or disposing it in a landfill, BDMs are designed to be tilled in at the end...


    By Lisa DeVetter
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    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • A grass green field of Monterey in Macdoel, California, October 6, 2020.  Total amount of chill hours between 33 and 45 degrees, 168.  Photo courtesy Doug Thomas, Crown Nursery
    High Temperatures in Plant Nurseries - Some Thoughts

    I've been entertaining a fair number of calls from worried growers, farm managers and others in regards to the warmer than normal temperatures this year at the strawberry plant nurseries up in Northern California.  Plants will be delayed in entering...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • One of the soil biodegradable mulch tests, testing two mulch types, for 2020-21 in Watsonville.
    Update on Soil Biodegradable Mulches

    Biodegradable mulches are a promising alternative to traditional polyethene plastic mulches that reduce plastic waste generation and provide opportunities to reduce the costs of mulch removal and disposal. They are currently being investigated in...


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