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.



Strawberry IPM study 2015: Managing insect pests with chemical, botanical, microbial, and mechanical control options

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Western tarnished plant bug (Lygus hesperus), which is generally referred to as lygus bug, is a major pest of strawberries on the California Central Coast.  Lygus bug feeding on developing berries causes fruit deformity.  Deformed or ‘cat-faced' berries are not desirable for fresh market and lygus bug damage results in significant yield losses.  Lygus bugs typically move into...

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 12:38 PM

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
Page Last Updated: October 9, 2015

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