Tropical Fruit Forum - International Tropical Fruit Growers



Author Topic: Florida Grapefruit Acres Drops Due To Greening (HLB)  (Read 249 times)

Millet

  • Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2318
    • Colorado
    • View Profile
Florida Grapefruit Acres Drops Due To Greening (HLB)
« on: March 09, 2017, 01:25:07 PM »
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

Citradia

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 384
    • USA/NC/Old Fort/6B
    • View Profile
Re: Florida Grapefruit Acres Drops Due To Greening (HLB)
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2017, 07:30:25 PM »
That's tragic and scary.

BajaJohn

  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 131
    • Mexico, Baja California Sur, Loreto, Hot Desert
    • View Profile
Re: Florida Grapefruit Acres Drops Due To Greening (HLB)
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2017, 12:39:55 AM »
There seems to be some hope of lessening HLB damage, if not of eradicating the infection - http://www.growingproduce.com/citrus/an-alternative-approach/

Other factors have contributed to loss of grove acreage - such as a demand for property development as Florida's population tripled over the same time period. Damage from citrus canker and hurricanes also played their part in pushing land from agriculture to commercial/residential - http://flcitrusmutual.com/render.aspx?p=/news/heraldtribune_chapter11_121708.aspx. It isn't just citrus either. All of Florida agriculture seems to be in decline - http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/agriculture/dying-on-the-vine-floridas-shriveling-agriculture-industry-cant-shake-the/2305711
« Last Edit: March 10, 2017, 12:59:18 AM by BajaJohn »

 

Copyright © Tropical Fruit Forum - International Tropical Fruit Growers