Central Coast strawberry growers gathered in Santa Maria on Tuesday for the annual Santa Maria Strawberry Field Day.
The event is hosted by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources department.
Speakers covered topics including pesticides and fumigation, soil and water management, sustainable growing methods, and disease and pest management.
“The more we know about these pest issues – their biology, what they do, how they react to different treatment options – the better. We can control,” explained Surendra Dara, University of California Cooperative Extension Entomology and Biologicals Advisor.
Strawberry Field Day is held every year to update local farmers on the latest research and growing techniques.