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Peter Cousins of the USDA-ARS in Geneva, N.Y., will be referring to these charts during his presentation at Kearney Grape Day. The title of Cousins' presentation is "The development of new grape rootstocks for the San Joaquin Valley."
Nematode poster (pdf)
Rootstock selections poster (pdf)
Some people say rabbiteye blueberries get their nickname from the circle on the blossom end the fruit. Others say the fruit's tendency to turn pink before going blue is reminiscent of a rabbit's eye. Whatever the reason, late ripening rabbiteye blueberries can provide San Joaquin Valley growers the ability to harvest fruit through the end of August, capturing a potentially lucrative market window, says UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor Manuel Jimenez.
Porterville blueberry farmer Young Kwun attended the meeting with his farm manager Miguel Jaramillo Garcia. Kwun asked Jimenez how to replant blueberry bushes that had died.
"You can't do it," Jimenez replied. In the test plots, Jimenez and his staff replanted 60 blueberry bushes, and none of them survived. He tried a second time with the same result, and then inquired with blueberry growers around the country, finding that they also could not replant blueberries.
"Replanting is an issue with blueberries," Jimenez said. "We don't know what it is."
"You just saved me a bunch of money," said Kwun, whose 70-acre farm has a number of blank spots.
Kwun said he has missed the last few blueberry field days at Kearney, but that won't happen again.
"I'm thinking I should come every year," Kwun said. "I learned a lot."
Welcoming a new life into the world is quite a challenging task that begins long before birth. Nourishing your growing baby during pregnancy is the perfect opportunity to start exercising healthy eating habits. Fruit is essential for providing the proper vitamins and minerals to women who are either pregnant or nursing. Folic acid is one spotlight vitamin that is overwhelmingly crucial to the development of a healthy and strong baby:
Folic acid is fundamental to the development of a healthy baby, aiding in the prevention of serious birth defects originating in the brain and spine. Researchers have found that the more common birth defects occur during the first 28 days of pregnancy, a period before most women even discover they are pregnant. Thus, the CDC recommends that women of child-bearing age consume 0.4 milligrams of folic acid every day before even conceiving and continuing for at least 3 months after conception. Although not quite a household name, folic acid is actually more common than you think! Fruits such as strawberries, dates, peaches, apricots, and raisins are all rich with folic acid. For those of us women who boast healthy eating habits abundant with fruits, it seems we can enjoy important prenatal vitamins without even making drastic changes to our diets!