A new tarping regulation for citrus loads has been put on hold by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Ag leaders say the industry should still make plans to comply, since the rules will eventually be enforced.
The Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program (CPDPP) will hold meetings in the southern Central Valley about coordinated Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) treatments. Organizers said communication between growers is essential for effective area-wide ACP management.
Another tree has been confirmed as huanglongbing (HLB) positive in Southern California. This most recent HLB find is outside of the current quarantine, which is just north in Los Angeles County.
California citrus leaders say it’s evident that the industry is still spreading psyllids. The current system for controlling the spread of Asian citrus psyllids during shipments isn’t killing all of the insects, and new rules are being discussed to help fix the problem.
The current huanglongbing disease test can produce inconclusive results and California citrus leaders say the industry should assume there are more infections in the state.
Asian citrus psyllid detection locations north of the grapevine are often close to the state’s main highways. Leaders say this shows some complacency among the industry and recent meetings aimed to re-engage enforcement.
Recent psyllid management meetings sought input from the citrus industry on ways to control Asian citrus psyllids and the spread of huanglongbing disease.
By: Ernie Neff Asian citrus psyllids are detected sporadically in the San Joaquin Valley — home to most California oranges and mandarins — and are endemic in Southern California lemon country. But as far as anyone knows, the pests that spread HLB in Florida and Texas have not spread the disease into California’s commercial citrus groves. California HLB detections have …
Cal Poly Pomona College of Agriculture announces the opening of a new 5,040-square-foot research and insect production greenhouse to help control the Asian citrus psyllid.
Indirect testing methods can be an important procedure for early detection of huanglongbing (HLB) disease in California.
A huanglongbing (HLB) technology summit earlier this month stressed the need for citrus growers to take Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and HLB prevention strategies seriously.
Citrus growers received updates at a huanglongbing (HLB) technology summit on the status of the disease in California and the challenges they face in the detection process. Researchers and professors presented at the HLB summit what they believe needs to be done in California to avoid the devastation other states have seen from the disease.
Multiple Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) finds in Kern County leads the California Department of Food and Agriculture to believe of a possible ACP breeding population in the area.