As part of the addition of the Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health facility next to our Cooperative Extension office in Watsonville, a big mural was added to the exterior wall of our auditorium. As you can see, this mural painted by local artist Bruce Harman, is really nice. A view of the ocean through the rendition of a butterfly. If you've been to any of our beaches in the evening or the morning, it'll bring you back.
Coupled with the aromatherapy garden in front of the mural planned out by our own Monterey Bay Master Gardeners, this has really become a nice little corner of our city.
Thanks Santa Cruz County!
Mural on exterior wall of our UCCE auditorium. Aromatherapy garden planned by Monterey Bay Master Gardeners in front.
Beach view of the Monterey Bay through trompe d'oeil rendition of butterfly.
As part of a larger meeting on October 22 (next week Tuesday), I am giving an update on my SWD research - bait and kill, food source reduction and oviposition inhibition - at the Elk's Lodge in Watsonville. Seeing that it's bracketed by some other high quality material, I'd make the time to attend at least part of this.
Hat tip to Mike Lombardi for putting this together!
Eye catching headline aside, the grass fly depicted in the first photo below has caught the attention of sharp eyed observers in area bathrooms. I've seen one too, and, yes, you guessed it, in a bathroom next to a fruit field.
Why the concern? Because it looks somewhat like the fig fruit fly, Zaprionus indianus, which IS a Drosophila pest of berries and IS NOT YET in California but sure can be because it's moving towards us from the east coast.
Fortunately, we can count on the bug id skills of our entomology Farm Advisor, Alejandro del Pozo, who took care of assuaging our rising concern that this bathroom dweller could be the next LBAM or SWD.
Keep the pictures and questions coming so we can get the drop on these issues yet when they are small and manageable.
Grass fly of the insect family Chloropinae. Photo courtesy of Central Coast agricultural professional.
Fig fruit fly, Zaprionus indianus.
So they don't infest neighboring areas with loads and loads of flies. Remember that time from egg to adult vinegar or spotted wing drosophila fly is something over two weeks when the conditions are right, so big piles of culls like these need to disappear fast.
Picture taken by UCD entomologist Frank Zalom on a recent trip down to our area to look at SWD in strawberry, which is becoming a bit of an issue as of late. You'll be hearing more about that later.
In the meantime, grab a shovel and bury these fruit!
Watsonville Raspberry Cull Piles 6 2019
Just a head's up to everyone on a brief education event concerning nitrogen management in strawberry on the Central Coast. Good content featuring discussion on nitrogen use, especially the the utility of preplant fertilizer, in the field.
Place is Ramos Farms at 880 Airport Boulevard in Watsonville (that's the end of Airport on the south side of Highway 1), and starts at 1030 am, presentation ends at noon, with an excellent seafood platter served fresh (it's Friday) afterwards.
Should be good, be there if you have the time!
Official agenda attached below.