Assistance to Southeast Asian Strawberry Growers
UCCE Farm Advisor Maxwell Norton discusses irrigation methods at a Sacramento County strawberry field meeting.
What Has ANR Done?In 1996, UCCE horticulture advisor Chuck Ingels began working closely with the growers, conducting research and holding one or two meetings per year. We received a grant to provide each grower with a hand lens, an Integrated Pest Management manual and other useful information. We also encouraged the TV program “California Heartland” to film a segment on strawberry farming in Sacramento County, which they did in 2002. Several newspaper and magazine articles were written featuring these growers.
Growers Using Safer and More Effective PracticesThrough our efforts, these growers are using safer and more effective production and pest management practices, and have received media attention to attract more customers. Growers are now able to identify and control key pests such as spider mites and worms. They frequently use UCCE as a resource for production questions.
Supporting Unit:Sacramento County
Chuck Ingels, farm advisor, UCCE Sacramento County
4145 Branch Center Rd., Sacramento, CA 95827-3898
(916) 875-6913 firstname.lastname@example.org