Mar 28, 2023
The 10th North American Strawberry Symposium (NASS), a meeting of strawberry growers, researchers, and other industry members from around the globe, was held in San Luis Obispo, California, USA on March 7-10, 2023. There were 23 presentations delivered by members of our Center team from all three program areas (Entomology, Pathology and Automation). Unfortunately, the planned post-conference tour, which was to encompass strawberry production in the Santa Maria region as well as a tour of the research, training and testing facilities at our Center, needed to be switched to virtual delivery due to heavy rainfall in the region brought on by an atmospheric river storm.
Photos (top to bottom/left to right): Abbas Atefi, Kyle Blauer, Caleb Fink, Kiley Jensen, Mary Steele, Miriam Mendez
Mar 16, 2023
Produced by the Cal Poly Strawberry Center and narrated by Center student interns Sarah Herring (Ag Business with a minor in Crop Science) and Gabbie Brocker (Ag Communications).
Stay tuned for future posts that will test your strawberry plant anatomy skill and knowledge!
Photos: Gabbie Brocker (left or top), Sarah Herring (right or bottom)
Mar 8, 2023
The Cal Poly Strawberry Center team is excited and proud to announce:
Department of Pesticide Regulation’s 2022 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT
For promoting IPM and sustainability in strawberry production through prolific research and outreach programs
Each year the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) honors California organizations for their integrated pest management (IPM) achievements. The IPM Achievement Awards recognize organizations and individuals that are leaders in using reduced-risk pest management practices and sharing their successful strategies with others.
ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY
Thursday • February 23, 2023
Full Ceremony: https://youtu.be/0qhHmI4RMbQ (CP portion begins at 12:30 min.)
Cal Poly Strawberry Center Video: https://youtu.be/sV6zP_oTqtQ
Sen. John Laird Remarks: https://youtu.be/gz6kAf28chU
Asm. Dawn Addis Remarks: https://youtu.be/jzi3is9sYOg
Join us in congratulating all 2022 PM Achievement Award recipients for using IPM to advance safer, more sustainable pest management tools and practices in California!
Mar 8, 2023
This winter has slowed the growth of our plants. Growers in the region are reporting that production is behind by about 3 weeks due to cooler weather, especially further inland. Strawberry plants need moderately warm days to flourish and frost will kill flowers. The amount of frost that inland ranches, like here at Cal Poly, have experienced this winter will lead to many misshapen early season fruit, or flowers that do not develop into fruit. While it normally takes 4-5 weeks for flower to develop to fruit, these cold days and even colder nights cause that time to almost double!
Mar 7, 2023
In honor of International Women's Day (3/8/23), we would like to acknowledge and celebrate our amazing Center communications intern Colette Smith! As a part of her AG 452 course, she presented in Sacramento on the impacts that water infrastructure have on California wildlife. Colette is a fourth-year Agricultural Communications major at Cal Poly. Go Colette!
Mar 7, 2023
Industry Advisory Council Biannual Meeting
At our biannual industry advisory council meeting on 25 Feb 2023, our council members had the opportunity to participate in short one-on-one discussions with some of our amazing Center students, learning a little about them, their studies and career interests. In turn, it also provided our students a chance to meet and network with key industry leaders and learn more about them and their careers. It was a fun and stimulating activity for all involved!
Watch the video! https://youtu.be/rwVijYLyBc0
Feb 28, 2023
Farm manager Drew Summerfield hosted 85 high school students from South Fremont High School FFA (St. Anthony, Idaho) for a tour of our Center fields and labs, as well as the Plant Sciences complex and a deciduous orchard. The CAFES (College of Food, Environmental and Agricultural Sciences) Ag Ambassadors provided the group a tour of the campus Ag Building and BRAE (BioResource and Agricultural Engineering) department as well.
The group's trip consisted of touring the western US to learn about diverse agricultural operations. Other than Cal Poly, stops included green houses and Hoover Dam in Nevada, citrus growing operations in Southern California, leafy greens in Salinas and Alcatraz Island. The overarching mission of their journey was to learn about diverse types of agricultural systems, especially those that are not typically exposed to in NE Idaho as part of their FFA education.
Feb 21, 2023
Center graduate Yu-Chen Wang (Cal Poly, M.S. Agriculture, 2022) accepted last October a Plant Pathology Farm Advisor position with the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), serving a wide range of growers in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties.
Yu-Chen is excited about this new professional opportunity and feels that her experiences at the Strawberry Center with applied research and grower outreach have prepared her well. She is working on applying and extending her previous work in strawberries to other commodities. Yu-Chen was highlighted in a recent UCCE News online article: https://tinyurl.com/yu-chen-ucce
A huge Congratulations to Yu-Chen, from your colleagues and friends at the Strawberry Center!
Feb 16, 2023
DPR’s 2022 IPM Achievement Awards virtual ceremony is coming up soon! Thursday, February 23 @ 1:30pm
✭✭Tune in to find out this year’s winners!
View webcast during the ceremony @ https://video.calepa.ca.gov/#/player/1321
Feb 15, 2023
Colette Smith will be graduating this spring with a B.S. in Agricultural Communications and a minor in Equine Science. She has worked at the Strawberry Center for two and a half years as the Communications Student Assistant.
"The Strawberry Center has equipped me with so many different skills that are applicable to my future career, and I couldn't be more grateful for this experience."
After graduating, Colette plans to enroll in the Agricultural Education Masters Program for Fall 2023 with plans to eventually teach agriculture at the high school level or work as a marketing director in the beef industry.
Best wishes to Colette and many thanks for her contributions to the Center!