Agriculture

VIDEO: Finding Pests: Inspectors Keep Flower Fields Looking Good

San Diego County does thousands of inspections a year, all over the county, to make sure plants are disease- and pest-free. It’s a tedious and meticulous job, but it helps keep all of our local plants healthy and thriving.

If you’ve ever been to the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, you know how the flowers there seem to go on and on and on. There are more than 50 acres of picture-perfect blooms there, partly thanks to County inspectors.

“We walk the fields and make sure everything is perfect so that they can meet all the requirements of all their countries and sell their product wherever they want,” said Plant Pathologist Pat Nolan.

Inspections are performed on plant shipments coming into and leaving San Diego County in addition to annual inspections of production nurseries to look for damaging pests.

Suzanne Bartole is a multimedia designer with the County of San Diego Communications Office.