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.
The battle against the Asian citrus psyllid has taken place primarily in California backyards – until recently. A rise in commercial citrus psyllid detections means that all industry members play an increasingly crucial role in preventing the spread of an insect that carries the devastating Huanglongbing disease. Farm labor contractors, crew bosses, harvesters and other field workers can take several precautions to ensure the psyllid doesn’t spread from one citrus grove to another.
Today, an additional area has been quarantined in Tulare County due to the discovery of one Asian citrus psyllid near the community of Farmersville. On June 12, 2014, Spotlight reported that such an expansion was expected, but the exact size of the quarantine area had yet to be determined.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has been forced to expand the quarantine area in Tulare County after the discovery of additional Asian citrus psyllids in the region. The Grower reports, that as a result, a new 110-mile quarantine area exists, adjacent to Tulare’s existing quarantine area. Although not yet defined or announced, CDFA is expected to further expand the quarantine area due to the detection of a single psyllid trapped outside the current and newly-announced quarantine areas.