Sonoma County Bounty - Farm Business Incubator
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Sonoma County Bounty - Farm Business Incubator

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Sonoma County Bounty - Farm Business Incubator

While UCCE was training and graduating beginning farmers and ranchers over three years (2012-2014), we were also researching and getting trained ourselves, on how to create a “farm business incubator” – considered to be the next step for farmers and ranchers, that will propel them to success.



Role of lygus bug and other factors in strawberry fruit deformity

Lygus and non-lygus damage

Lygus bug nymphal and adult stages Lygus bug or western tarnished plant bug (Lygus hesperus) is a major pest in California strawberries and causes significant yield losses by contributing to the fruit deformity.  Lygus bug is a hemipteran insect and has piercing and sucking mouthparts.  They prefer plant parts rich in proteins and lipids.  Developing berries and achenes...

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 3:35 PM
Tags: fruit deformity (1), Lygus bug (1)

UC Small Farm Advisor works with grower to push the "Horticultural Envelope"

FRINGE FARMER: Pushing the boundaries of what can grow just 12 miles from the ocean, Sandra Newman is growing wine grapes, blueberries, gooseberries, mulberries, hardy kiwis, and more.

This article by Matt Kettman was published in the Santa Barbara Independent on October 6, 2015.  UC Small Farm Advisor, Mark Gaskell, has been providing technical assistance to small-scale growers in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties for more than 20 years.  Sandra Newman has established certified organic blueberries, gooseberries, mulberries, and other specialty crops on her...

Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Strawberry IPM Studies 2014: Managing insect pests with chemical, botanical, microbial, and other pesticides

2014-Table 1

Strawberry is an important commodity in California with a crop value of $2 billion (NASS, 2013).  Lygus bug or western tarnished plant bug (Lygus hesperus), twospotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae), greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum), and western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) are considered as important arthropod pests of strawberries which can cause significant...

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 1:17 PM
Page Last Updated: October 9, 2015

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