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Since 2008 UC Agriculture and Natural Resources scientists have been studying the effects of using ground up stone fruit trees to add organic matter back into the soil. Brent Holtz, UC ANR Cooperative Extension advisor, stated that, “A lot of growers feared if we added...

Here is a great article pertaining to Central California's almond population. With the recent spike in almond production, growers are starting to wonder if the almond boom is about to go bust. Because of the rapid increase, the commodity is beginning to lose value. Vernon...

Mark Bolda, County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, shared the Advanced Berry Breeding website that introduces three new raspberry varieties; Imara, Kweli, and Kwanza. Bolda has seen these varieties perform firsthand in fields around Watsonville, and is impressed with the quality and availability of...

Here is a great video on building soil organic matter while your crop is growing. John Kempf, Founder and CEO of Advancing Eco Agriculture, created this webinar to give you practical knowledge about building soil organic matter during crop growth and to help produce the...

Cloud-Based Systems are leading the way in Grower Innovation   Efficiency is becoming ever important to growing—especially in places like drought-stricken California—and because of it, so is innovation. Increasingly growers are turning to innovative technologies to help increase efficiency and profits with crop production, and nothing is making...

Warm Fall Temperatures, Plant Vigor and Mites in Strawberries Author: Mark Bolda  http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=15368 The link below is to a paper written by Doug Walsh, Frank Zalom, Doug Shaw and my predecessor Norman Welch.  It succinctly makes the point that a warm fall following transplanting decreases plant vigor, encourages precocious bloom and can...

Source: http://blog.fastline.com/2013/12/09/top-ten-reasons-being-a-farmer-rocks/ In case you ever need a reminder as to why you have the best job in the world as a Farmer, check out our list we put together! Think we forgot one? Let us know in the comments with your favorite part of being a Farmer. 10.Outdoors –...