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Fungicide Evaluation for Alternaria Head Rot (Pin Rot) of Broccoli

Broccoli head rot, also known as pin rot, can cause significant problems, especially in fall broccoli production in Salinas Valley. Two types of head rot are affecting broccoli, including bacterial head rot and Alternaria head rot (Koike 2010). Differences between those two types can be seen at: https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=3861. Here we focus on the Alternaria head rot, caused by the fungi Alternaria spp. Symptoms. All …

Microgreens Offer Chance to Grow Vegetables for Customized Health Needs

Broccoli is well known for its particular flavor, healthy properties, and ability to help ward off certain types of cancer, but there’s more to this veggie than the florets found in salad bars, stir fries, and your favorite broccoli cheese soup. As proof that good things can come in small packages, baby broccoli — one type of “microgreen” — packs …

CA Utilized Vegetable Production Value Shows Slight Decline

California leads the nation in vegetable production, accounting for 39% of the U.S. vegetable acreage. The value of California’s 2020 utilized vegetable production dropped 0.9% to $7.68 billion compared to 2019’s value of $7.74 billion according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Pacific Regional Field Office. Despite the decrease in state’s overall total value of utilized production, crops showing an increase …

Andrew & Williamson/Good Farms, Rancho Guadalupe & Dynasty Farms Support Food Banks

In one of the first agreements of its kind between California producers and a county food bank, two farms will begin providing, at a reasonable rate, produce to the Alameda County Community Food Bank, allowing it to provide additional much-needed fresh fruit and vegetables to a growing number of residents in need of assistance. This innovative pilot program assists the …

Dealing with Diamondback Moth

It has been a couple of “rough” weeks managing the diamondback moth (DBM), Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae), in the Central Coast. Based on my conversations with some PCAs, we are managing large populations of this moth, resulting in high infestations in cole crops like broccoli and Brussel sprouts. Larvae of this insect will typically feed on the underside of the …

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