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Category Archives: Farming

Controlling insects on Seagate’s farm

October 2016 has become a critical month for Seagate’s harvests. The olives are ripening early and the tomatoes are all ripening at once. Tomatoes generally all ripen and need to be picked all at the same time. That is not a problem because we have a lot of machinery in the plant to handle this […]

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Seagate’s New Tomato Crop – Part 2

For those of you who cannot handle the excitement of seeing the moon move across the sky or the rise and fall of the tides,  then watching Seagate’s tomatoes growing along hillsides in Baja California, might be too much for you. This article is important for those people interested in how we produce the tomato […]

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New Seagate Grape Crop

Fall is the season for grape harvesting in Baja California.  We have been fortunate this year that we have not had to deal with insect attacks and infestations nor very hot dry weather, as was the case during the summer of 2015.  As a result, the grapes are ripening and almost ready to harvest. This […]

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Understanding the Differences of Heirloom, Organic, Hybrid & GMO Produce

Those little stickers on fruits and vegetables may tell you a little bit about where your produce comes from, but the seeds that were used to grow it make a difference in the nutrition you’re getting. That’s why it’s so important to understand how your produce was grown and the differences among heirloom, organic, hybrid, and GMO varieties.

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Seagate’s New Olive Crop 2016

Since our last two seasons were poor years for olive trees and production was low, we are currently being quietly optimistic that this 2016 season breaks this cycle.  In 2015 we had a very very dry Spring marked by a round of “Santa Ana” winds in May — very hot dry winds that blow from […]

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Seagate’s Insect control

Seagate utilizes insect traps in order to keep the fly population under control. Unfortunately olive trees are susceptible to a variety of insect pests. At times, certain fly populations that can attack the trees, burrowing into the olives to both consume the fruit and lay their eggs can almost be out of control. First and […]

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Seagate’s new tomato crop

Seagate is fortunate to be located in San Diego with its farm in northern Baja California because this provides us with a year-round growing season. At least that is the theory. The summers are hot and dry with lots of sunshine. The winters are relatively mild.  However, we have found that certain crops do better, […]

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Preparing tomato farm land

Due to the unusually cool weather this Spring, we had delayed planting our tomato crop until now.  During the past three years, the weather in the area where we farm would have already been in the +100F range during the daytime.  While this is good for our farm crops like broccoli and artichokes, it put […]

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Spring grape vines growing for Seagate in Baja California

It looks like the 2016 season for grapes will be a good one for Seagate. The mild and wet Spring is now turning into a hot dry Summer, perfect for growing grapes. The photo below shows the new buds growing on the vines. The red grapes (sp. Vitis vinifera) that Seagate uses to process into […]

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New Crop of Seagate Olives growing, June 2016

It appears that we are finally going to recover from our drought. The 2016 Olive season appears ready to be a good one for the production of oil. Temperatures in the Guadalupe River Valley, where our olive trees grow in Baja California, have been mild.  We have had sufficient rainfall to allow the trees to […]

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