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Five Shades of Gray Mold Control in Strawberry: Evaluating Chemical, Organic Oil, Botanical, Bacterial, and Fungal Active Ingredients

Gray Mold in Strawberries

Botrytis fruit rot or gray mold, caused by Botrytis cinerea, is common fruit disease in California strawberries. Botrytis cinerea has a wide host range infecting several commercially important crops including blueberry, grapes and tomato.  Fungal infection can cause flower or fruit rot.  Fruit can be infected directly or through a latent infection in the flowers.  Moist and cool conditions favor fungal …

How to Control Grubs in Blueberries: Organic & Conventional Methods

How to Control Grubs in Blueberries: Organic & Conventional Methods

Masked Chafer (AKA white grubs) have been problematic for blueberry growers, particularly in the Central Valley of California.  The good news is that researchers and entomologists have come up with both organic and conventional methods treatments for these soil pests.  Watch this brief interview UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor David Haviland to learn about these options and read more about …

How to Control Thrips in Blueberries

How to Control Thrips in Blueberries

Citrus thrips have been a major nuisance for California blueberry growers, but how do you keep them under control and when should you apply crop protection materials? Is there an organic treatment available? Watch this brief interview UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor David Haviland as he answers all these questions. Read more about blueberry pest management in California Fresh Fruit …

Breeding a Better Strawberry:Scientists Uncover Genetic Roadmap of Cultivated Strawberry

Steve Knapp

Consumers want strawberries to be red, sweet, ripe and juicy, like those fresh picked from a garden. Suppliers want them to be easy to handle and ship, without getting squished. Commercial strawberry growers need their crops to be high-yielding and disease-resistant. An international team of scientists led by the University of California, Davis, and Michigan State University has taken a …

California & Georgia Blueberry Crops Down this Year

The 2018 California blueberry crop is well underway; however, freeze events have had a significant impact on blueberry production in both California and Georgia.  Watch this brief interview with outgoing Executive Director of the California Blueberry Commission, Alex Ott as he explains the current status of the crop.  Read more in California Fresh Fruit Magazine.

CropManage Hands-on Workshop, June 6

Bringing Irrigation & Nutrient Management Decision Support to the Field Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 1pm – 4:30pm Location: UCCE Ventura, 669 County Square Drive, Ventura, CA 93003 California Room 669 County Square Drive Suite 100 Ventura CA 93003 805-645-1451 • ceventura.ucanr.edu Learn how to use CropManage to support irrigation and nutrient management decisions and record-keeping Learn the new version of …

CA Blueberry & Apple Growers Impacted by Early Spring Freeze

Growers experienced unusually early warm temperatures this year throughout the state that was followed by a severe freeze that lasted long enough to do some damage to various crops in California. Although it will take some time to determine exactly how much damage the freeze caused, watch this brief interview with Alexander Ott from the California Blueberry & Apple Commissions …

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