Historic rainfalls on central CA coast!
The much-needed rainfall this year has been historic for our area, passing our average annual rainfall total -- and the winter season isn’t over yet! Water years run from July 1 to June 30. This bar chart shows annual rainfall for San Luis Obispo Reservoir over the past 18 years. There were some wet years but this winter is the wettest since 2005-06. Rainy, wet conditions present different types of problems for strawberry production. Various molds and soilborne pathogens thrive in these constantly damp conditions. In particular, watch for Phytophthora root rot and angular leaf spot.
Data source: https://wr.slocountywater.org/