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The Agriculture Department is expected to allow Florida citrus growers to start using a genetically engineered Tristeza virus to protect trees from citrus greening disease in early 2019. USDA is planning to issue a statewide permit once the virus is ready, likely in January 2019.

 Next year's expo will be held in Valdosta, Georgia. Normally citrus trees of all varieties are available at the Expos, but due to the Citrus Greening quarantine, attendees could only purchase a tree that would stay within the state of Georgia.  No trees could be removed outside the quarantine area.  Had a great time and met many old friends.

Citrus General Discussion / Warm Water For Winter Greenhouse Irrigation
« on: November 10, 2017, 08:04:58 PM »
I collect rain/snow water off of two large barns into one hundred 55-gallon open top drums.  At this time of year the collected water is quite cold, some mornings even a little ice. I  painted ten 3.5 gallon plastic pales black, which I fill with the rain water each morning, and set them inside the greenhouse flush against the inside south wall of the greenhouse to absorb the sun's light heating the water.  By noon on sunny days the water is 70 - 80-F. which I then use to water the 10 container tomatoes. citrus trees, pineapples and other plants.  This gives me 35 gallons of warm water every day.

Citrus General Discussion / What's New With Florida Citrus Future
« on: October 27, 2017, 09:36:57 PM »
Resistant scions (to HLB) produced via gene editing could reach growers sooner than transgenic varieties (HMO), Rogers said, because less government approval is needed to launch commercial production of crops developed with gene editing. Unlike transgenic processes, gene editing does not involve the transfer of genes from one organism to another. Instead, this technology “shuts off” genes that would otherwise render a citrus tree vulnerable to disease.

Taken from Michael Rogers Citrus Research & Education Center

Citrus General Discussion / Specialties To Look At
« on: October 22, 2017, 09:30:57 PM »
Sugar Belle is a variety that resembles Honeybell (Minneola). It has done well in consumer studies and commercial production. Due to its strength against HLB, Sugar Belle has gained popularity recently. It has better tree health against HLB compared to other varieties grown.

U.S. Early Pride is also a standout specialty variety from the 2016–2017 season. Many fruit are seedless, but those that have seeds only have four or less. This variety matures pretty early in the season and is large in size.

Gold Nugget’s tree durability against citrus greening is generating a lot of interest among growers. The tree shows symptoms, but it keeps right on going, and the fruit quality is really good. 

Taken from the Citrus Industry Magazine.

Citrus General Discussion / Savanna Citrus Expo
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:28:57 PM »
Today I reserved my hotel, box lunch, and registration for the Citrus Expo November 17 & 18. This will be my 4th Citrus Expo. Hope to meet some of you there.

Irma sends Florida orange production dropping 21% to 71-year low. Florida’s orange production will plunge 21 percent to a 71-year low after damage wrought by Hurricane Irma devastated the harvest. Orange growers in Florida, will harvest 54 million boxes in the 2017-18 marketing year, the least since 1947.

Citrus General Discussion / What The Grower Gets
« on: October 02, 2017, 03:43:06 PM »
Fresh citrus for eating, such as grown in California  nets the grower between $17 and $20 for each 40-pound carton, while oranges diverted to orange juice production, such as grown in Florida get about $185 a ton, which equates to about $3.70 for 40 pounds,

Citrus General Discussion / Will There Be Any Place Left To Grow Citrus
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:02:27 PM »
Citrus greening disease found in Trinidad and Tobago

Citrus General Discussion / Ruby Valencia Great New Citrus Variety
« on: September 13, 2017, 09:54:00 PM »
Ruby Valencia: An orange with the flavor and characteristics of grapefruit.  A new citrus variety, I would LOVE to get this tree for my collection.

Citrus General Discussion / Grapefruit Oil
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:27:44 PM »
Global grapefruit oil market will reach US$ 378.7 Mn in the year 2022.  Grapefruit oil has a number of widespread benefits, due to which the market of grapefruit oil is gaining traction all over the world. One of the most popular uses of grapefruit oil is in the area of weight management, where it is used as a suppressant of appetite. Grapefruit oil is rich in Vitamin C, due to which it helps in strengthening the immune system of the body. Grapefruit oil also acts as an antidepressant, and helps to maintain the digestive system of the body and also aids in the body metabolism.

Citrus General Discussion / Citrus Greening Discovered In Alabama
« on: August 08, 2017, 02:56:52 PM »
We knew this would happen one day, we were just trying to prolong it as long as we could. It’s happened in Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, we were the only ones to keep it out of our state until now

 Florida growers who have a citrus tree in their yard, can get a vial of Tamarixia wasps to release in your tree.
 Tamarixia are great killers of citrus psyllid that spreads Greening disease.

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