Following a discovery by researchers, citrus growers may one day have an effective deterrent against the ever-growing spread of Asian citrus psyllid. The invasive pest that can carry the disease huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening, causes trees, once infected, to decline in health and produce bitter, misshaped fruit until it dies.
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.
The Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve on the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee (CISAC). The Department is looking to appoint eight individuals to serve on the Council.
Santa Clara County has joined the list of counties currently under quarantine for the presence of Asian citrus psyllid. The 99 square-mile quarantine area in the northwestern portion of the county was put in place due to the discovery of psyllids in the city of San Jose near Kelly Park.
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.