December 3, 2013 |
California's $2-billion citrus industry is bracing for an Arctic chill later this week that could wreak havoc across the San Joaquin Valley. Temperatures are expected to reach lows of around 30 degrees in the Fresno area starting Thursday and last several days. Citrus growers are preparing to soak their groves with water to raise ground temperatures. Farmers are also readying wind machines to circulate the warm air if necessary. “Citrus will be the main crop under threat,” said Dave Kranz, a spokesman for the California Farm Bureau Federation.
August 18, 2009 |
Leaders of California's $1.6-billion citrus industry said Monday that a disease that was killing orchards worldwide was now rooted in Mexico, and experts warned that it was headed toward the state. Citrus greening disease has infected six citrus trees on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, spread by an infestation of the Asian citrus psyllid. There's a virtual insect highway across the width of Mexico, and once the aphid-like insect hops on, California is in trouble, said Beth Grafton-Cardwell, a UC Riverside entomologist and director of the Lindcove Research and Extension Center, east of Visalia.
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April 9, 2005 |
Homer D. Chapman once quipped that "the only experience I'd had before with citrus was oranges in the Christmas stocking." Chapman, whose initial citrus experience came as a small boy in Wisconsin during the first decade of the 20th century, grew up to make substantial contributions to citrus nutrition and soils research -- work that added to the economic growth of the citrus industry in California and around the world.
December 22, 2008 |
By the time orange grower Gabriel Simoes noticed symptoms of the incurable "greening" disease last year, it was too late to do anything about it. Now four of every five trees in his 1,000-acre orchard are dead or dying. Industry officials say it's only a matter of time before California's $1.2-billion citrus industry is threatened by the "mother of all citrus diseases," which has invaded thousands of acres here in Brazil's citrus belt with sickening speed.
May 26, 1988 |
Sunkist Growers, responding to increased competition in the citrus industry, said Wednesday that it is slashing 66 jobs from a full-time work force of 460--including 30 at the cooperative's Sherman Oaks headquarters. The move is part of a cost-control program to trim more than $7 million in overhead by Oct. 31, the end of Sunkist's fiscal year, President Russell L. Hanlin told about 500 Ventura County grower members who gathered at Camarillo Grove County Park for a midyear review.
January 10, 2001 |
Most people won't read James Saunt's "Citrus Varieties of the World--Second Edition" (Sinclair International, $60) at a sitting, but it's more than a reference work. If you like citrus, it's fun to browse through, and it's the book if you're wondering what those big freaky lemons on the tree in the yard might be (Ponderosa); what's the difference between Mexican and Key limes (none); or what a bergamot is (cross of sour orange and sweet lime, used in perfumes and tea).
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April 14, 2002 |
Ventura County growers cheered a decision that continues a ban on the importation of Argentine citrus until new studies prove that the imports pose no risk to the domestic market. The U.S. Justice Department dropped its appeal last week of a court ruling suspending the importation program, clearing the way for a new round of studies.
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October 11, 1998 |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a four-month delay on action concerning the importation of Argentine citrus, signaling a victory for Ventura County lemon growers. The USDA imposed the delay to consider ways to ensure that imported fruit does not contain medflies or other citrus pests. "We must make sure that we protect the California citrus industry from the medfly, citrus cancer, black spots, sweet orange scab and other pests and diseases," Rep.
May 22, 1994 |
A microscopic Asian moth, the newest threat to Florida's citrus industry, is puzzling scientists and worrying growers. The citrus leafminer somehow hitchhiked into the Miami area almost a year ago and quickly established itself in much of Florida's 790,000-acre citrus belt. Officials believe it traveled to Florida from China, Thailand or Australia in a cargo shipment or in travelers' luggage. The insect derives its name from its habit of boring into leaves and then "mining" them for food.
August 29, 2009 |
Another discovery of a tiny disease-carrying insect disclosed by state agriculture officials today demonstrates that California's citrus industry is fighting a war on two fronts. TheCalifornia Department of Food and Agriculture said a detection dog working with inspectors on Wednesday found a package at a FedEx depot in Sacramento that contained at least 100 live Asian citrus psyllids, including juveniles and adults. Officials find that the insect is making its way into the state as a passenger on packages, even as colonies of the bug establish themselves in Southern California after flying north from Mexico.