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Citrus General Discussion / Is Dekopon An Alternate Bearing Variety
« on: March 20, 2017, 01:05:15 PM »
Is Dekopon an alternate bearing variety? My Dekopon tree produced it first real crop last year, The tree has already produced its first 2017 flush of new growth with only 3 or four blossoms.  One of Dekopon's parents is Ponkan, which is an alternate bearing variety. .

Citrus General Discussion / Thrips Can Cause Damage To Orange Crop
« on: March 13, 2017, 03:42:12 PM »
The telltale ring scarring on navel oranges and other citrus is the work of citrus thrips, Scirtothrips citri, a pest that can have a major economic impact on fresh-market crops. Controlling citrus thrips is essential to protecting fruit quality and the accompanying price premium. With citrus thrips, the second-instar larvae do the most damage, feeding mainly under young fruit sepals. As the fruit grows, the damage moves outward, creating the familiar ring-shaped scarring. Fruit is most susceptible to thrip damage after petal fall and until it’s about 1˝ inches in diameter. As a result, control treatment made at petal fall is most effective.

A medfly quarantine for California's San Fernando Valley citrus is now preventing at least 100,000 pounds of backyard oranges and other fruit from being harvested for needy residents. Officials at Food Forward, a nonprofit that harvests surplus fruit for the poor, say the loss is impacting thousands of hungry residents at food pantries across Southern California. “About 100,000 pounds of backyard produce will not be available to us — and to folks in need,” said Rick Nahmias, executive director of the North Hollywood-based charity. “We’re talking mostly oranges, grapefruits and lemons and tangerines. And avocados.,000lbs-of-orange-donations

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Florida grapefruit acreage has dropped from more than 124,000 acres in 1970 to about 40,300 acres in the most recent season

Citrus General Discussion / First Grapefruit
« on: March 05, 2017, 04:20:15 PM »
My in ground Marsh grapefruit set its very first crop this year (4 fruit).  All 4 are of good size. I'll pick my first ever Marsh this evening, and have it for tomorrow's breakfast.  I let them hang on the tree until March to get fully mature.  I know it will not taste like a grapefruit taken from a 10 year old tree, but it should be good.  I'll know in the morning.  Next year the tree should put on 15 to 20 fruit, followed a year after that by pretty much a full crop..

Citrus General Discussion / South Koreans & Grapefruit
« on: March 01, 2017, 03:42:58 PM »
 According to a University Of Florida study South Koreans use grapefruit in beer, tea and ice cream,

Citrus General Discussion / Mechanical Harvesting Of Oranges In Austraila
« on: February 12, 2017, 06:53:27 PM »
This machine eliminates expensive hand picking of oranges

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Dekopon Seed
« on: February 12, 2017, 06:24:08 PM »
Dekopon Seed - No Charge  (also known as Sumo, shiranuhi)

Dekopon seed are rarely found in the fruit.  Dekopon comes true from seed. First come first served.

Citrus General Discussion / Did A Branch Revert Back?
« on: February 10, 2017, 02:58:28 PM »
My Cara Cara produced a large crop of fruit this year.  All the fruit on one of the tree's branches is producing fruit with no Cara Cara pigmentation, but back to the orange pulp of the Washington Navel.  Remember that the Cara Cara mutation was first discovered on a branch of a Washington Navel tree growing in Venezuela .  The branch on my tree must have reverted back.

Citrus General Discussion / Thanks To US Customs Office
« on: February 07, 2017, 03:51:25 PM »
The US Customs department intercepted a shipment of 105,000 boxes of clementines from Morocco that were infected by the Mediterranean fruit fly. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the Mediterranean fruit fly is the most destructive pest in the world for the agricultural industry.

Citrus General Discussion / If Its Not HLB Then It Fruit Flies Or Both
« on: February 06, 2017, 11:09:37 AM »
Home owners in the Rio Grand Valley of Texas have been told by the state to clean their citrus trees by April 30th.  Cleaning a citrus tree means to pick all the fruit off the tree by April 30.  This is to help reduce the Mexican Fruit Fly. The state is also releasing millions of sterile fruit flies, which mate with other flies but produce no offspring.

Citrus General Discussion / Grapefruit/drug Interactions No More
« on: February 01, 2017, 12:02:05 PM »
You love grapefruit but cannot eat it because you take certain medicines - soon you can.  Introducing the new UF 914 Grapefruit.

This is the worlds largest research center devoted to one commodity

Citrus General Discussion / Leaf Drop Period
« on: January 28, 2017, 02:15:51 PM »
This is the time of year for many citrus trees growing in a greenhouse, sun room or other protected places to begin flowering.  The flowering season of citrus trees, is also one of the highest periods of leaf fall.  So if you see leaf drop during this time, it could well be just part of the tree's cycle of life.                                                                                                                               

Citrus General Discussion / Sunwest introduces new Mandarin variety
« on: January 26, 2017, 12:40:11 PM »
Sunwest Fruit Co., based in Parlier, CA, will ship a new Mandarin orange variety called Ruby Tangos. The hybrid of a Clemenules Mandarin and a blood orange, the easy-peeler has a vibrant red flesh, virtually no seeds, is extremely juicy and is slightly larger than common Mandarin varieties.
It is about three weeks away from starting harvest on the Ruby Tango red flesh Mandarin. Sunwest is the only commercial supplier of this commodity. This program will start in mid-February and ship through March. Ruby Tangos have a unique taste with a berry-like flavor and has higher Brix levels than ordinary Mandarins.

President Donald Trump delayed implementation of a rule allowing Argentine farmers to export lemons into the US market.   Lemon growers from California had urgently pushed to block the resumption of Argentine lemon  imports.

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