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December 3, 2013 | By David Pierson
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.
June 19, 1986 | Associated Press
Inspection and eradication teams mobilized Wednesday to battle the first outbreak of citrus canker in residential trees, an outbreak that Florida Agriculture Commissioner Doyle Conner called alarming. "It is alarming because it is on fruit . . . and it is on mature trees," Conner told reporters here. Inspectors have discovered 47 "heavily infested" trees on Florida's Gulf Coast, concentrated in a section of Anna Maria Island across a bridge from Bradenton, Conner said. Two were in St.
April 9, 2005 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
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.
May 26, 1988 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
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 | DAVID KARP
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).
October 11, 1998 | JENNIFER HAMM
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.
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.
October 31, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
A tiny insect that threatens California's $1.6-billion citrus industry has been found near one of the state's commercial citrus growing regions. The Asian citrus psyllid, which has ravaged orchards in Florida as well as overseas, was found in Valley Center in rural San Diego County, the closest the bug has come to a major concentration of citrus groves. Northern San Diego County has about 2,500 acres of commercial citrus trees and is home to the largest concentration of organic citrus farmers in the nation, which will complicate efforts to control the insect, said Ted Batkin, president of the Citrus Research Board.
February 15, 2007 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
UC Riverside's living citrus museum, which has 400 acres of trees, has attracted a cult following. There was the nurseryman from France who came to the United States only to admire its unusual and succulent fruit. A local restaurateur, looking for new flavors for his entrees, nibbled on a variety of citrus blossoms. Then there was the obsessed tangerine fan -- a gourmet grocer from Texas who wanted his picture taken next to the Seedless Kishu mandarin tree.
August 18, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
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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