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Organic crop production benefits from UC advisors

Narrator:       This is Science Today. About 10 percent of Californians surveyed are interested in regularly purchasing organic produce, including apples. That would equate to about 54 million pounds of apples each year. For years, University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor Paul Vossen has conducted research that benefits the grower and the consumer.

Vossen:          We've done a lot of work here in Sonoma County on organic production of all kinds of crops. One of the main ones that I did some work on was apples and looked at ways to control the codling moth, which is the main insect pest; and then also the apple scab, which is the main disease pest, and controlling that organically so that growers could be able to grow apples, get a decent yield without a lot of insect damage, without a lot of disease damage, produce a very high quality product and sell it again at a little bit higher price because it's organic.

Narrator:       Vossen conducts research to determine best practices and has written two manuals on organic apple production. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.