San Joaquin Agriculture Commissioner Tim Pelican is working closely with the California Department of Food Agriculture (CDFA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) after the discovery of Asian citrus psyllids in San Joaquin County. The psyllids were found in residential neighborhoods in Manteca and Lodi, but due to the close proximity of agriculture in the area, the detections raise serious concerns about the possibility that the pests can spread to those areas.
A county-wide quarantine has been issued for all of Tulare County, following the detection of two Asian citrus psyllids in two different locations in city of Tulare. The county is now the only one in the San Joaquin Valley with an all-inclusive quarantine. Kern and Fresno Counties both have partial quarantines in place. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) issued a press release announcing the expanded quarantine area as “the most effective response to contain the pest
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is mandated to prevent the introduction and spread of injurious insect pests, plant diseases, and noxious weeds in California. To accomplish this, CDFA implements the Statewide Plant Pest Prevention and Management Program. CDFA has issued a draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR), which is intended to meet California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements for CDFA’s reasonably foreseeable plant pest prevention, management, and regulatory activities.
The California Dept. of Food and Agriculture has announced that an additional portion of Kern County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) following the detection of one psyllid south of the City of Bakersfield in Kern County. The new quarantine zone measures 113 square miles in and around the City of Bakersfield, bordered on the north by New Stine Road; on the east by S Fairfax Road; on the south by Millux Road; and on the west by Interstate 5.
It is being reported by members and CDFA that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has stepped up its border inspections to detect for the presence of live, actionable pests of both domestic and foreign fresh produce commodities entering the state. The inspections have delayed delivery of some shipments while other shipments have been refused entry.
Citrus grower Nick Hill of Green Leaf Farms, Kingsburg, CA, said the Golden State’s citrus industry has learned a lot about the Asian Citrus Psyllid and the devastating citrus greening disease that it can spread because of the mistakes made in Florida.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced an expansion of the Asian citrus psyllid quarantine area in two areas in San Luis Obispo County this week. The Department’s press release indicates that an additional 158 square miles in and around the City of San Luis Obispo and in the unincorporated area of Cayucos have been added to the existing quarantine area, bringing the total quarantine area to 268 square miles. Detections of adult and nymph Asian citrus psyllids in and around the city and an adult psyllid in the Cayucos area prompted the expansion.
Following the lead of counterparts in Florida and Texas, a program outlining citrus psyllid treatment strategies has been developed for citrus growers in California’s Central Valley. According to The Grower, three meetings scheduled for next week will give producers the opportunity to learn more about combatting the dreaded Asian citrus psyllid and the deadly greening disease it carries.