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Citrus General Discussion / HLB Found Near UCR Citrus Collection
« on: May 19, 2019, 05:29:05 PM »
The devastating citrus greening disease has been identified on the same property in California’s Riverside County where it was previously found, marking the first time it has been found in the area since 2017. Researchers have confirmed the presence of the disease, also known as HLB, on a kumquat tree the in a yard of a Riverside house, according to Tracy Moehnke, a spokeswoman for the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program.  Four properties in Riverside County have tested positive for HLB, all in the same area of the city of Riverside. San Bernardino County had one positive test.

291 infected properties have been found in Los Angeles County, and 689 properties in Orange County.  Its looking more and more serious.


Citrus Joe (Joe Lohnes) and I went out to Riverside CA several years ago to see this tree, and visited the CCPP at the same time.

Citrus General Discussion / Dr. Malcolm Manners
« on: May 14, 2019, 10:27:32 PM »
I contacted Dr. Manners and invited him to once again become a member of our forum.  He asked for our web address.  Hopefully we might again see him as a valued member soon, and that would be really great.

Citrus General Discussion / Oranges And Its Sugar Content
« on: May 11, 2019, 11:23:00 PM »
Orange juice, in particular, does not appear to affect blood sugar, possibly because of the soluble fiber and pectin, as well as the phytochemical hesperidin.

Citrus General Discussion / Strange Red Clementine Seedling
« on: April 01, 2019, 07:42:09 PM »
I planted the Red Clementine seeds that I got from Laaz, and they are all now about 2-feet tall except for one tree.  That one seedling is producing leaves about 2.5 times larger than all the other seedling trees, and the  thickness of its leaves are about 2.5 times thicker.   At first it was growing as a dwarf, about 1/2 the height as all  the other seedlings,  However, one branch has just taken off, and its height is now twice as tall as the rest of the trees. This tree must have a different chromosome number than all the others.

Citrus General Discussion / Absolutely The Best Perlite Ever
« on: March 31, 2019, 07:02:47 PM »
I purchased a large bag of Hydro-Farm's course perlite.  The product has very little dust, and the particle size is unusably uniform  in texture (approximately 1/4 +- inch.  A wonderful product.  Normally the standard perlite that one finds, the granular size is to small, with a ton of dust. The large popcorn size is to big.  If you can find Hydro Farm's product buy it.  The product's trade name is a PLANT !T.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Dekopon Seed
« on: March 29, 2019, 03:22:55 PM »
Have 2 Dekopon seeda for anyone who wishes to grow them out N/C.  If interested send me your address.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Pepsi To Add Yuzu To Its Drink
« on: March 19, 2019, 03:29:26 PM »
Pepsi, through its partnership with local distributor Suntory, has also offered special flavors just for Japan. Now, this spring, Pepsi Japan is set to roll out its newest creation, featuring one of Japan’s most delicious and refreshing traditional seasonings. Pepsi was impressed at how many Japanese desserts manage to provide a burst of sweetness that seamlessly transitions into a clean, crisp finish, and one way they do this is with yuzu, a Japanese citrus fruit.

Yuzu’s flavor falls somewhere between an orange and a lemon, sharper than former but not as intrusive as the later. While the fruit is rarely eaten directly, it’s popular flavoring for cakes, dumplings, and sweet bean jams, and now Pepsi is promising a crisp, satisfying yuzu aftertaste for Pepsi Japan Cola.

Citrus General Discussion / World Orange Production
« on: March 06, 2019, 10:39:34 AM »
In the 2018/19 season, the world's orange production will increase by 4.2 million tons compared to the previous year and reach 51.8 million tons.

Citrus General Discussion / Flowering And Leaf Fall
« on: February 27, 2019, 03:08:32 PM »
It is now time for flowering, or very soon  in many areas for citrus trees to begin flowering.  Flowering in citrus trees is the time of greatest leaf fall.  So if you notice more leaves dropping than normal, don't become overly alarmed.

A team of scientists from several universities that surveyed a representative sample of U.S. consumers and conducted focus groups to better understand American consumers' attitudes about GM food and agriculture.
About half of the 1,050 people who responded to the survey had positive attitudes toward GM science, the researchers found. Nearly 37 percent of the consumers surveyed felt neutral about GM science and 14 percent had negative perceptions of it. Most of the people who were receptive to GM science were white males who were millennials or younger, the data indicated. They were highly educated—most held a bachelor's degree or higher—and affluent, with annual incomes of $75,000 or greater. Women, on the other hand, constituted 64 percent of the group with negative feelings about GM science. Baby boomers and older adults were nearly twice as likely to fall into this group. People in this group also were less educated—about half reported some college but no degree.

Citrus General Discussion / marathon - A New Mandarin
« on: February 08, 2019, 10:37:36 AM »
 Marathon mandarin is a seedless mandarin orange variety that not only tastes good and is easy to peel, but also can be kept on the tree for up to 3 months without losing much of its quality.  Side note:  seems like everything being developed these days is a mandarin.

Citrus General Discussion / HLB Detections Soar In California
« on: January 24, 2019, 03:25:18 PM »
HLB was detected in 269 trees in 2017 and 699 trees in 2018, with a majority of these occurring in Los Angeles and Orange counties. That’s where the disease was first discovered in California, in 2012 in Hacienda Heights.
The disease has not yet been detected in a California commercial grove, though most industry experts believe it’s just a matter of time.

Citrus General Discussion / HLB On The Move In California
« on: January 18, 2019, 03:36:35 PM »
The HLB carrying psyllid has been found in San Francisco’s Marina district, prompting state agricultural officials to declare a quarantine in the entire city of San Francisco thursday to stop the bug from spreading to nearby areas.

Citrus General Discussion / The Wonderful Company
« on: January 16, 2019, 03:49:41 PM »
The Wonderful Company, the growers of Halo mandarins, which are found in stores all over the country, are now the largest farmers in the United States.

The recent University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ research, a multi-year study that is only a few years in, indicates that using a controlled release fertilizer (CRF) with micronutrients gives the best results of several combinations of fertilizer components. Specifically, 150 pounds/year/acre of CRF plus 1.5 pounds/tree of an Mn-Zn-Fe-B micronutrient fertilizer, divided into three applications per year provided better growth and production than traditional fertilizer and various other combinations of micronutrients. What does that mean per tree in your backyard? It means about one-third pound of fertilizer plus 0.5 pounds per tree of the micronutrients applied three equally spaced times from February to October. The fertilizer should be applied in the wetted zone of the tree’s root system, not just put in a single spot or narrow ring around the tree.

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