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I think we’re going to see a rapid expansion of the Citrus greening disease in Southern California in this coming year,” Grafton-Cardwell Research Entomologist at UCR Riverside said in a speech this week. .

Some companies market their food product as “non-GMO” to create a nonexistent distinction that gives them a competitive advantage (sometimes at a premium price). For example, Tropicana Orange Juice includes the “Non-GMO Project” seal on its package, yet its sole ingredient is oranges, and there are no commercially grown, genetically engineered oranges. Every brand of orange juice is naturally “non-GMO,” provided the only ingredient is oranges.

In 10 years, Florida's round orange production fell from an average 342 boxes per acre down to 163 boxes per acre. That is a 52% reduction.
The report also noted break-even or negative cash flow groves are selling at discounted prices. The University of Florida benchmarks the typical all-in production costs for processed oranges is $2,235 per acre. Given that, the break-even number for a grove would be 225 boxes per acre receiving $2.28 per pound solids delivered (assuming 5.86 pound solids per box).

Inspectors from the California Department of Food and Agriculture are going home-to-home inspecting trees after the devastating citrus disease Citrus Greening was detected in La Habra.

Because of greening disease the estimate for Florida grapefruit harvest dropped 800,000 boxes to a total of 8.1 million boxes. Just for comparison’s sake, the grapefruit harvest during the 2003-2004 season was 40.9 million boxes.

Florida may reimburse citrus growers millions for lost citrus trees

Florida may drop a long-running legal battle and instead agree to pay millions to homeowners across the state whose healthy citrus trees were torn down in a failed attempt to eradicate citrus canker. House Republicans have agreed to spend $66 million to end lawsuits filed on behalf of homeowners in Broward, Lee and Palm Beach counties. There are also lawsuits that were filed in both Orange and Miami-Dade counties that could eventually push up the cost even more. Rep. Carlos Trujillo, a House budget chairman, defended making the payments now because lower courts have already ruled against the state in several counties. The House has included the money in its proposed $81.2 billion budget that will be voted on next week."We should pay a judgment that has been levied against us," Trujillo said. "Just kicking the can down the road for the next legislature is probably not the best idea."Class-action lawsuits were filed and courts agreed. Judges ordered homeowners in Broward, Lee, Orange and Palm Beach counties to be fully compensated. Those rulings total about $100 million and a Miami-Dade County case that remains open could double that. Part of the judgments include payments to the law firms that filed the lawsuits.

Citrus General Discussion / Red (Blood) Clementine
« on: April 08, 2017, 04:42:03 PM »
Last January I planted the Red (Blood) Clementine seeds that I got from Laaz. Some of those seeds produced just one seedling, but many of the seeds produced multiple (nucellar) seedlings. Last week I was stunned to see three of the now 3" tall 80 day old seedlings have just sent up more   nucellar seedlings.  One of the original seedlings  produced one additional tree, and two of the original seedlings produced an additional two trees.

If you still spot Central Valley California blood oranges in the store, they're probably one of the only few left. The packers and shippers said this was a fantastic year for the blood orange market.  Blood oranges and specialty citrus is garnering more prominence and growing in popularity, people appreciate the aroma and red raspberry flavor, and undertone. It used to be pretty hard to sell blood oranges and cara caras and some of the items that were fairly new to the citrus world. Now it seems like people want variety, they want to know what it is (they’re using) and are using a lot of the fruit for cooking, garnishes, even natural food coloring.

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 1½ 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.

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