Although diesel fuel prices have dropped substantially from the $5-a-gallon peak of mid-2008, everything that is touched by petroleum has not followed suit, Pezzini said. That includes seed coatings, fertilizer, packaging, films and containers. Prices for all those items have increased considerably, he said.
In the face of those increasing costs and the national recession, Boutonnet remains optimistic. California’s coastal region offers the best soil, water, microclimates and infrastructure in the world for summer vegetable growing, he said.