Controlling Weed Growth in Strawberries

September 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Controlling Weed Growth in Strawberries
Strawberries growing without weeds

Weeds can be a hazard to any crop, but they’re especially hazardous to strawberries. Growers typically rely on strawberry runners called Stolons to efficiently propagate them. In a production system like matted row strawberries, weeds can crowd out new plants and endanger their yield. Here are a few key tips […]

Avocado Diseases You Need to Know About

August 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Avocado Diseases You Need to Know About
avocado on a tree

The avocado industry is booming, and farmers are always looking for ways to increase their yield. To keep your farm as productive as possible, it’s important to know about the diseases that affect avocados. Avocado diseases are a common problem for avocado trees in the United States. Most recent estimates […]

Why Biochar is Great For Vine Growth

August 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Why Biochar is Great For Vine Growth
Green and purple grapes next to glasses of red and white wine

The benefits of biochar have been known to indigenous Brazilian farmers for centuries. However, this age-old technique is just recently being adopted by winegrape growers in California. Discover how growers are using biochar to increase their yields and profits while improving the soil. What is Biochar? Biochar is a form […]

The FGS Guide to Lettuce Varieties

August 13, 2021 / Comments Off on The FGS Guide to Lettuce Varieties
Light-green butterhead lettuce varieties

Adding new lettuce varieties to your lineup can lengthen your harvest season and increase your customer base while protecting against large-scale crop loss from disease. Discover eight varieties of lettuce that are ideal for cultivation in California. Green Leaf Lettuce Varieties Green leaf lettuce varieties are some of the most […]

Vine Mealybug: What Grape Growers Should Know

August 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Vine Mealybug: What Grape Growers Should Know
Beautiful grapevines

The Vine Mealybug is a serious grape vine pest that can cause significant damage to grapevines. These bugs damage grapevines by sucking juices from the plant, which can lead to stunted growth and decreased crop yield. They’re easy to identify because they leave behind white mealy “honeydew” on leaves and […]

The Current Drought in California, And What Can Be Done About It

June 22, 2021 / 1 Comment
Split dry ground.

Droughts are not uncommon in California. In fact, there have been several long-term droughts over the past century. However, the drought that we are currently experiencing is the first to occur since the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and is affecting the entire state, with 41 states experiencing emergency-level conditions.  […]

E. Coli: Preventing Pathogens From Getting Into Produce

June 22, 2021 / Comments Off on E. Coli: Preventing Pathogens From Getting Into Produce
A pink plastic salad bowl of green lettuce

In 2018, an outbreak of Escherichia coli in romaine lettuce was linked to 210 cases of food poisoning, 96 hospitalizations, and 5 deaths. This was a tragic event in itself, but had far-reaching effects on the industry, as consumers became terrified of consuming lettuce. Understanding how E. coli infiltrates vegetables […]

Leafy Green & Lettuce Varieties You Should Add To Your Lineup

June 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Leafy Green & Lettuce Varieties You Should Add To Your Lineup
A bunch of purple-and-green Japanese spinach

California is the primary producer of spinach in the United States, with the main hotspot located in the Salinas Valley on California’s Central Coast. For growers who specialize in green leaves and vegetables, new seed varieties could offer a competitive edge in growing leafy greens while increasing resistance to pests […]

Grape Yield Problems (and Suggested Solutions)

June 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Grape Yield Problems (and Suggested Solutions)
Bunches of green grapes on a vine in the daytime

  Grape productivity is typically measured by grape yield per acre, expressed in tons. And while it’s not always possible to predict the exact yield you’ll produce each year, there are several things you can do to optimize grape production and ensure a crop of healthy grapes. How Many Grapes […]

Aphids & Leafy Greens: What You Need to Know

June 17, 2021 / 1 Comment
Aphids on a green stalk.

Aphids… Those sticky little green critters that bug commercial growers and home gardeners whenever there’s a green leafy plant in sight. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to get on top of aphids and even prevent an infestation. Here are the University of California’s top tips for integrated aphid […]