California has expanded the quarantine zone in Madera County to protect against the spread of the Asian citrus psyllid after an insect was found east of Madera, in the Bonadelle Ranchos-Madera Ranchos area.
Western Growers (WG) continues to support the ongoing improvement, enhancement and strengthening of food safety in the production of leafy greens. WG has established a yearly review process to review and update the food safety guidance documents (LGMA metrics) utilized by the Leafy Green Marketing Agreements (LGMAs) in California and Arizona.
On March 6, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced it was expanding the Asian Citrus Psyllid quarantine area in Fresno County due to two additional detections of the invasive species in Tulare County. The detections were made along the southern border where Tulare borders Fresno County in unincorporated areas near the city of Orange Cove.
On February 11, 2015, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services office issued an advisory to all county agriculture commissioners (CACs) for Huanglongbing (HLB) infected citrus.
In 2013, China closed the market for California citrus due to phytophthora syringae (brown rot). The market reopened, however, in July 2014 after a work plan was developed following negotiations between the U.S. and China.
On February 25, 2015, Western Growers is hosting a webinar to bring our members up to speed on the current fumigant regulatory issues facing growers. This presentation will focus on the challenges related to the use and restrictions of methyl bromide, chloropicrin, metam sodium and 1-3 D/telone.
The detection of three Asian citrus psyllids on the border of Tulare and Fresno Counties has prompted California agriculture officials to quarantine approximately 30-square miles in Fresno County. Fresno had not previously been on the list of counties quarantined in part or in full.
Yet another area of the state has been quarantined by state agriculture officials after the detection of a single Asian citrus psyllid was discovered in Madera County. According to a press release issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, (CDFA), a 100–square-mile portion in Madera County has been quarantined.
Western Growers has recently been contacted by several growers expressing concern about high numbers of bagrada bugs and corresponding damage to brassicas. With reports of tens of thousands of insects per acre and entire fields lost, we are exploring ways that we may be of service to our members.