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Citrus General Discussion / Warm Water For Winter Greenhouse Irrigation
« on: November 10, 2017, 08:04:58 PM »
I collect rain/snow water off of two large barns into one hundred 55-gallon open top drums.  At this time of year the collected water is quite cold, some mornings even a little ice. I  painted ten 3.5 gallon plastic pales black, which I fill with the rain water each morning, and set them inside the greenhouse flush against the inside south wall of the greenhouse to absorb the sun's light heating the water.  By noon on sunny days the water is 70 - 80-F. which I then use to water the 10 container tomatoes. citrus trees, pineapples and other plants.  This gives me 35 gallons of warm water every day.

Citrus General Discussion / What's New With Florida Citrus Future
« on: October 27, 2017, 09:36:57 PM »
Resistant scions (to HLB) produced via gene editing could reach growers sooner than transgenic varieties (HMO), Rogers said, because less government approval is needed to launch commercial production of crops developed with gene editing. Unlike transgenic processes, gene editing does not involve the transfer of genes from one organism to another. Instead, this technology “shuts off” genes that would otherwise render a citrus tree vulnerable to disease.

Taken from Michael Rogers Citrus Research & Education Center

Citrus General Discussion / Specialties To Look At
« on: October 22, 2017, 09:30:57 PM »
Sugar Belle is a variety that resembles Honeybell (Minneola). It has done well in consumer studies and commercial production. Due to its strength against HLB, Sugar Belle has gained popularity recently. It has better tree health against HLB compared to other varieties grown.

U.S. Early Pride is also a standout specialty variety from the 2016–2017 season. Many fruit are seedless, but those that have seeds only have four or less. This variety matures pretty early in the season and is large in size.

Gold Nugget’s tree durability against citrus greening is generating a lot of interest among growers. The tree shows symptoms, but it keeps right on going, and the fruit quality is really good. 

Taken from the Citrus Industry Magazine.

Citrus General Discussion / Savanna Citrus Expo
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:28:57 PM »
Today I reserved my hotel, box lunch, and registration for the Citrus Expo November 17 & 18. This will be my 4th Citrus Expo. Hope to meet some of you there.

Irma sends Florida orange production dropping 21% to 71-year low. Florida’s orange production will plunge 21 percent to a 71-year low after damage wrought by Hurricane Irma devastated the harvest. Orange growers in Florida, will harvest 54 million boxes in the 2017-18 marketing year, the least since 1947.

Citrus General Discussion / What The Grower Gets
« on: October 02, 2017, 03:43:06 PM »
Fresh citrus for eating, such as grown in California  nets the grower between $17 and $20 for each 40-pound carton, while oranges diverted to orange juice production, such as grown in Florida get about $185 a ton, which equates to about $3.70 for 40 pounds,

Citrus General Discussion / Will There Be Any Place Left To Grow Citrus
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:02:27 PM »
Citrus greening disease found in Trinidad and Tobago

Citrus General Discussion / Ruby Valencia Great New Citrus Variety
« on: September 13, 2017, 09:54:00 PM »
Ruby Valencia: An orange with the flavor and characteristics of grapefruit.  A new citrus variety, I would LOVE to get this tree for my collection.

Citrus General Discussion / Grapefruit Oil
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:27:44 PM »
Global grapefruit oil market will reach US$ 378.7 Mn in the year 2022.  Grapefruit oil has a number of widespread benefits, due to which the market of grapefruit oil is gaining traction all over the world. One of the most popular uses of grapefruit oil is in the area of weight management, where it is used as a suppressant of appetite. Grapefruit oil is rich in Vitamin C, due to which it helps in strengthening the immune system of the body. Grapefruit oil also acts as an antidepressant, and helps to maintain the digestive system of the body and also aids in the body metabolism.

Citrus General Discussion / Citrus Greening Discovered In Alabama
« on: August 08, 2017, 02:56:52 PM »
We knew this would happen one day, we were just trying to prolong it as long as we could. It’s happened in Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, we were the only ones to keep it out of our state until now

 Florida growers who have a citrus tree in their yard, can get a vial of Tamarixia wasps to release in your tree.
 Tamarixia are great killers of citrus psyllid that spreads Greening disease.

Citrus General Discussion / Asian Citrus Psyllid Survival
« on: August 01, 2017, 05:51:05 PM »
The two major factors that have a significant impact on the development of psyllid population, and their survival, are the availability of new growth flushes for the female ACP to lay their eggs and the temperature.  In laboratory studies it was observed that approximately 50 percent of the ACP population can tolerate low temperatures at or below freezing (32-F) for two days,  These temperatures are below most citrus growing areas. ACP subjected to higher temperatures of 104-F to 114-F the survival rate decreased by 95 percent to 100 percent.  Therefor, it would appear that as temperatures increase or decrease from the optimal life temperature range of 68-F to 77-F, the rate of ACP mortality is affected.  The impact of higher temperatures have greater effect on the death rate than exposure to lower temperatures.

Citrus General Discussion / This Is How Agricultural Disasters Happen
« on: July 28, 2017, 03:01:31 PM »
 Officials at DFW (Dallas Fort Worth)International Airport seized fresh curry leaves that were carrying a pest known to have caused billions of dollars worth of lost revenue to the U.S. citrus industry.  The passenger was traveling from Vietnam to DFW on July 19 when she declared fish in her luggage. But Gadget, a dog trained to sniff out agricultural items that may have unwanted pests, smelled something else, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.   The passenger was carrying 5.5 ounces of fresh curry leaves, a restricted item because of its tendency to harbor pests. Hiding in the leaves was the Asian citrus psyllid.

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