Gene Miyao, Farm Advisor for Vegetable Crops
The Vegetable Crops Program fosters appropriate research and collects and disseminates relevant information to growers, processors and related industries in the California vegetable industry.
Phone: (530) 666-8732
Areas of Research:
• Local variety adaptation trial evaluations
• Local disease management strategies and practices
Most of the research is conducted in commercial fields in cooperation with growers. Research is often collaborative with UC Specialists.
Processing tomatoes is the highest valued crop grown in Yolo County. Gross farm gate value is $70-80 million on 40,000 plus acres.
The research and education program strives to:
1. Evaluate local issues
2. Conduct applied research to improve profitability
3. Maintain industry economic prosperity
The education program includes:
• Classroom style lectures
• Field demonstrational meetings
• Field consultations
• Telephone calls
A local newsletter augments field meeting education while special education meetings are held as needed.