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Citrus General Discussion / Nordmann Kumquat & Where Did It Come From
« on: August 12, 2018, 08:49:05 PM »
Nordmann kumquat (Fortunella margarita “Nordmann,” Citrus margarita “Nordmann”): What is the Nordmann kumquat, and where did it come from?  It came from a Nagami kumquat tree growing in Mr. George Otto Nordmann’s citrus grove.  Out of the many trees in his grove, one of George's trees was found to have a surprise mutation.  That special tree started producing seedless Nagami fruit.  The new mutation was named after the grove's owner, George Nordmann. Nordmann kumquat is a great hand-to-mouth treat directly off the tree, and there is no seeds to spit out. You can also slice some into salads or add some juice or fruit into desserts, baked goods or preserves.  I like to squeeze some juice into a Coke.

Citrus General Discussion / HLB Increases In California
« on: July 16, 2018, 06:01:39 PM »
the number of HLB detections in California is quickly approaching 700.   There have been more than 350 detections in Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange counties this year alone.

Summer applications of low biuret urea is designed to increase fruit size. The time of application is important.  The treatment is designed to extend the cell division stage of fruit development to achieve an increase in fruit size. The period of the second application is between approximately June 11 and July26. Low biuret urea is most effective when applied between July 1 and July 26. Applications of low biuret urea that are too early (May & June) as was the first low biuret spray, increase fruit retention and not effective in increasing fruit size. The rate of application for the summer spray is 1/4-lb. of low biuret urea per gallon. Best to spray either early in the morning or later in the evening to reduce evaporation.

Citrus General Discussion / Sanguinelli Blook Orange
« on: June 23, 2018, 03:23:14 PM »
Had my first Sanguinelli Blood orange.  I like Moro Blood oranges, which I see in the stores frequently, but I  rarely ever see Sanguinelli.  I would rate them as just fair to OK, nothing special.  They are a hard peeling fruit.  In my estimation they are not worth growing.  Morro is still king of the bloods.

Recently they have found the Oriental Fruit Fly in Florida.  The Oriental Fruit Fly is the worst of all Fruit Fly types.

Citrus General Discussion / More HLB In California
« on: May 24, 2018, 12:19:25 PM »
The number of HLB detections in Orange County is booming. So far, more than 330 total trees have been confirmed to be infected by HLB, making Orange County the highest concentration of cases thus far in California. By comparison, over 230 trees have been confirmed in Los Angeles County

Citrus General Discussion / HLB & Brazil
« on: May 14, 2018, 12:51:10 PM »
Orange production in Brazil’s citrus belt is forecast to drop by almost a third during the 2018-19 season, according to an industry association. The decline is attributed to disease, mainly citrus canker and citrus greening (HLB). The number of properties producing oranges over the last few years has shrunk by 20%. Sao Paolo Agriculture Secretary Francisco Jardin said that although the state’s orange industry remains one of the largest in the world, the high number of abandoned groves was a concern.

Citrus General Discussion / Marsh Grapefruit- Taste - Time
« on: May 07, 2018, 09:02:35 PM »
I have an in ground seedless Marsh grapefruit tree.  I picked a few fruit in late February, the taste was OK (my wife said it was too sour).  I picked some fruit about March 20.  The taste was better.  I personally liked the taste, my wife said it was too sour.  I picked the last fruit April 15.  On April 15, I noticed the fruit had begun to become soft, the taste was excellent.  My wife said that the fruit was much better,  NOTE: she is a sweeter red grapefruit fan, and I am a white grapefruit fan.  Were still very good friends.

Citrus General Discussion / You Might Consider Also Eating The Peel
« on: May 05, 2018, 09:30:00 PM »
 Generally insoluble dietary fibers are acquired by utilizing citrus peel owing to the occurrence of bioactive components, and other different nutrients. It has abundant nutritional benefits as well as functional properties. They are also known to have significant health advantages for instance fat metabolism, improved digestion, and prevent breast and gastric cancers. Citrus fibers have a range of advantages and they act as a prospective anti-allergen; therefore, the market is gaining demand and popularity globally. The rising demand for natural dietary fibers for avoiding different diseases is the major aspect fueling the demand and popularity of citrus fiber market. With the growing population, the demand for dietary fiber and improving the standard of living is anticipated to aid the market growth within the forecast period

 It is named Spring Sunshine Mandarin

It is considered the best mutation of the Murcott mandarin officially registered and stands out for its harvest schedule, which is the latest in the Spanish market. It runs from mid-March to mid-May. Also worth noting is the color of this variety, as well as its intense, very sweet flavor and excellent juice content (more than 50%). According to David Alba, its Brix ranges between 15 and 17 degrees, making it one of the sweetest citrus fruits there is.

A total of 45 obese men and women aged 25–84 years were recruited to participate in this randomized controlled trial.  After a three-week cleansing period, participants were randomly assigned to drink either 500 ml blood orange juice providing 50 mg of anthocyanins per day or 500 ml standard orange juice without anthocyanins.  Measures of individual HDL- and LDL-cholesterol, blood glucose, nitric oxide, C-reactive protein, and blood pressure were taken on day one and again at the conclusion of the 28-day study. No significant differences in cholesterol were found between the two groups indicating that blood orange juice was not a healthier alternative to regular orange juice. The additional anthocyanins found in the blood orange juice had no significant effect on health.

Citrus General Discussion / Quize
« on: April 13, 2018, 10:27:16 PM »
Most everyone knows, or has at least heard of the Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP), but can you give us its original name before it was changed to the CCPP?

Citrus General Discussion / Florida Citrus Got Bad News Today
« on: April 13, 2018, 08:46:23 PM »
Florida’s citrus industry got some dire news Tuesday from an organization that advises the federal government on science and technical matters. In a report, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine said a single breakthrough discovery for managing citrus greening in the future is unlikely. Greening has progressed from “an acute to a chronic disease throughout the state” and has caused Florida’s industry a cumulative loss of $2.9 billion in grower revenues from 2007 to 2014. According to the report, significant barriers to finding a solution still exist.

Citrus General Discussion / Ways To Use Orange Peels
« on: April 06, 2018, 04:11:06 PM »
Orange: Orange peels are a great option to get rid of pimples, blackheads, dead cells, blemishes and dark circles. It also helps dry skin stay hydrated and adds glow to your face. You can mix water and orange peel (dried and grounded) to your scalp as it helps get rid of dandruff. It is also good for reducing digestion problems

Citrus General Discussion / World's Largest Citrus Grower
« on: April 03, 2018, 06:45:32 PM »
David Krause owner of Wonderful Citrus farms 58,000 acres of citrus, making them the largest citrus farmer in North America, if not the world.  Halos is their number 1 one citrus brand, but they also offer limes, lemons, blood oranges as well as grapefruit.

Citrus General Discussion / Watering Citrus
« on: April 02, 2018, 04:41:27 PM »
Tree health and yield will suffer if the soil becomes to dry. To provide adequate water for flowering, fruit set and vegetation growth the soil water depletion (container grown trees included) should not exceed 25 to 33 percent of available water from February until the beginning of the rainy season or the winter months. (Citrus Industry)

Citrus General Discussion / Happy Easter
« on: April 01, 2018, 03:04:00 PM »
Jesus is risen. Happy Easter

Spoon-feeding nutrients through root systems and protecting new leaf flushes are among ways Jude Grosser believes growers can maintain tree health in the face of HLB. Grosser, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences professor, is best known as a citrus breeder.

Grosser said he started working with nutrition because “like any grower, I don’t like to see my babies crash and get sick and die.” So he led a greenhouse study in which “we learned that the micronutrient deficiencies are about double in roots what they are in the leaves … So we started figuring out ways to spoon-feed these nutrients through the root systems” with controlled-release fertilizer. Some growers are following up on his findings and developing good nutrition programs utilizing spoon-feeding, he says. “When you do this, you can restore tree health, and now growers have taken it to another level with fertigation and liquid nutrition, so there’s been a real revolution in the industry. So I think focusing on root health is really the key to restoring an adequate level of health and productivity to existing trees in the grove.”

Grosser also thinks growers need to focus on protecting new leaf flushes. “If you allow psyllids or leaf miners … to do severe damage to that flush, the plant’s already compromised and wasting a lot of its energy to produce leaves it’s never going to use, and it’s a real negative for the plant,” he said.  Citrus Industry News)

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