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  • Beach view of the Monterey Bay through trompe d'oeil rendition of butterfly.
    Beautiful Mural and Garden Added to Exterior Wall of UCCE Santa Cruz Auditorium

    As part of the addition of the Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health facility next to our Cooperative Extension office in Watsonville, a big mural was added to the exterior wall of our auditorium.  As you can see, this mural painted by local artist...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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    Delivering SWD Update this October 22

    As part of a larger meeting on October 22 (next week Tuesday), I am giving an update on my SWD research - bait and kill, food source reduction and oviposition inhibition -  at the Elk's Lodge in Watsonville. Seeing that it's bracketed by...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Grass fly of the insect family Chloropinae. Photo courtesy of Central Coast agricultural professional.
    Grass Fly of the Family Chloropinae Causing a Stir in Local Bathrooms

    Eye catching headline aside, the grass fly depicted in the first photo below has caught the attention of sharp eyed observers in area bathrooms.  I've seen one too, and, yes, you guessed it, in a bathroom next to a fruit field. Why the...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
    By Alejandro del Pozo
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  • Watsonville Raspberry Cull Piles 6 2019
    I'm Assuming These are Going to Buried Somewhere...

    So they don't infest neighboring areas with loads and loads of flies.  Remember that time from egg to adult vinegar or spotted wing drosophila fly is something over two weeks when the conditions are right, so big piles of culls like these need to...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Mariscada and Tailgate on Nitrogen Management for Strawberry Growers

    Just a head's up to everyone on a brief education event concerning nitrogen management in strawberry on the Central Coast.  Good content featuring discussion on nitrogen use, especially the the utility of preplant fertilizer, in the...


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