They are some of the most popular fruit on the Central Coast. We're talking, strawberries, of course.
The berries earned the top crop crown in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County this year and some of the best come from Santa Maria.
You'll likely have some... more »
Strawberry season doesn't officially start on the Central Coast until spring. But some growers are getting ahead of the game.
According to the California Strawberry Commission, California produces almost 90% of the nation's strawberries. About 25% of the strawberries in California are grown in Santa Maria.
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Local farmers are getting ready for what could be a wet weekend. Many are harvesting their crops as quickly as possible to preserve what they can. Strawberry and vegetable farmers say they have been trying to harvest as much as they can before the wet weather hits. The June gloom... more »
California Senator Dianne Feinstein is speaking out against the proposed pesticide methyl iodide. She's asking the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its approval of the pesticide, which some say is known to cause cancer. It's a chemical widely used by farmers in other states to kill pests in the soil.... more »
It was a record year for farmers and growers in Santa Barbara County.
The annual crop report says ag production topped more than $1.2 billion dollars in 2009. That's the highest total on record. The report also shows a nine percent increase in total value over 2008, with strawberries... more »
Growers in Santa Barbara County produced more than $344 million worth of strawberries in 2009, making it the year's top crop. Broccoli and wine grapes placed second and third.
The information came from the county agricultural commissioner's annual crop report. The entire county topped over $1.2 billion dollars in... more »
Despite all the rain we've seen in recent weeks, California's drought situation is far from over. Farmers in Santa Maria depend heavily on groundwater to nourish their crops. They say they desperately needed the rain, but it's also created its share of problems.
For farmers like George Chavez of... more »
2009 was a record-breaking year for the strawberry crop locally and in the state. The California Strawberry Commission said 174 million trays were shipped in California in 2009. A tray is equivalent to eight one-pound boxes of strawberries. To give you some background on the industry, it employs about 80,000... more »
It was a record breaking year for the local strawberry crop. The California Strawberry Commission says California farmers broke records by harvesting more than 174 million flats in 2009. In Santa Maria, there were around 39 million in 2009. That's a 25-percent increase from 2008.
KSBY News reporter Monica Quintero... more »