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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)

Citrus General Discussion / Kachai Lemon
« on: March 16, 2018, 03:28:07 PM »
Kachai Lemon has the highest content of ascorbic acid of all citrus fruit. According to experts, the ascorbic acid content in this lemon is 51 percent with juice content being 36-56 ml per fruit.

Citrus General Discussion / Trees Flowering
« on: March 11, 2018, 05:02:59 PM »
My in ground Cara Cara (11-ft. tall X 11-ft. wide is in full flower, with approximately 80 of the flowers now fully open. This is the best flowering year since the tree was planted.   I foliar sprayed the tree with low biuret urea last January,  From the very beginning of flowering I have been very careful to keep the tree well watered.  A dry period during a tree's flowering, will GREATLY reduces the potential harvest. A dry tree will rapidly drop some or most of the its flowers depending on the duration of drought. In approximately 10 days to two weeks, the tree will go into the EARLY DROP period, dropping the flowers and small fruitlets that the tree does not have enough energy to bring the fruit to maturity, this is a normal procedure.  If every flower developed into a fruit, and the tree held on to the fruit, the tree would be crushed under its own weight.   After the early drop is complete, it is then important to once again foliar spray the tree with low biuret urea.  The second spray will both increase the size of the fruit, and help the tree to retains the maximum amount of fruit without diminishing fruit size.

Other trees now in full flower,  Dekpon (Flowers 20 percent fully open) Xie Shan (flowers now 30 percent fully open), Valentine (tons of flowers, only 10 percent fully open), marsh grapefruit (good flowering 20 percent fully open) and a small page mandarin that has a lot of flowers, but due to the young tree's size I will let it only set two fruit.   All of the trees listed in this post are in ground trees.

Citrus General Discussion / How To Find Love In China
« on: March 01, 2018, 03:39:14 PM »
Tomorrow is Chap Goh Meh, also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day. It is the day when young single women throw mandarin oranges inscribed with their names and telephone numbers into rivers and lakes in the hope of finding their true love.

Citrus General Discussion / The History Of Minute Maid Corporation
« on: February 25, 2018, 05:03:12 PM »
By Brenda Eubanks Burnette

I recently came across a postcard in my collection that featured the Orlando headquarters of the Minute Maid Corporation, which made me curious about how the company started.

The back of the postcard reads: “National Headquarters of Minute Maid Corporation in Orlando, Fla. Located near the heart of Florida’s rolling citrus grove country, at the intersection of 441 and Rte. 50, this beautiful building is the center of all operations of Minute Maid, world’s largest grower and processor of citrus products — Minute Maid and Snow Crop frozen concentrates, and Hi-C canned fruit drinks.”

My search led to a 1975 Florida Citrus Hall of Fame member, John M. Fox, who had worked for the National Research Corporation, a product research company in Boston that developed, among many other inventions, a vacuum technique for dehydrating substances.

Fox moved to Florida and in 1945, he and four other businessmen (I’m still looking for them…) started a small company called Florida Foods Corporation, which produced orange juice powder using the vacuum technique to sell to the U.S. Army. Although the Army ordered 500,000 pounds of the powdered orange juice, the war ended before the product shipped, so the company turned its efforts to reducing fresh juice into concentrate, which was more palatable than the powder when mixed with water.

Florida Foods Corporation’s involvement with the Florida Department of Citrus team of scientists changed the industry. In 1946, Florida Foods Corporation was renamed Vacuum Foods Corporation. The company shipped the first frozen concentrated orange juice product in the United States and named it Minute Maid®. The name Minute Maid® was originally created by a Boston marketing firm to imply the convenience and ease of preparing orange juice anytime of the year, thus creating an entirely new retail beverage category.

Fox went door to door in his neighborhood of Hingham, Massachusetts, giving out free samples. In 1948, he launched a national radio campaign featuring Bing Crosby that kicked off a 30-year promotional relationship between Minute Maid and Crosby. In 1949, the company formally adopted the name of its highly popular orange juice product and became the Minute Maid Corporation.

First-year sales totaled $374,501, but by 1955, Minute Maid sales had reached $106.5 million. The company went public the next year and built its headquarters in Orlando. Coca-Cola bought Minute Maid in 1960, marking its first venture outside of soft drinks, and merged with Houston-based Duncan Foods in 1964, prior to moving the company headquarters to Houston in 1967.

The saga continued, as Coca-Cola Foods returned to Florida in 1981 with the rollout of the Simply Orange brand. In 1987, the company created the first-ever, calcium-fortified, 100-percent orange juice, before officially changing its name to The Minute Maid Company in 1996.

And Fox? He continued in food service as the president and chairman of the United Fruit Company from 1960 to 1970, where he developed new ideas for shipping and branding the company’s products. He returned to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1970 to accept the position of president and chief executive officer of H.P. Hood, Inc. Fox retired in 1978 and returned to Winter Park, Florida, where he passed away on Jan. 9, 2003, at the age of 90, while the first national headquarters for Minute Maid was razed to make way for a Wawa convenience store.

Citrus General Discussion / Saint Valentine's Day
« on: February 14, 2018, 11:09:26 AM »
On this Valentine's day I went out to the greenhouse a picked a large Valentine Pummelo, for breakfast.  The pummelo was very red, very juicy,  very delicious, and very appropriate for the occasion.. Happy Valentines day.

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