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.
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.