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Citrus General Discussion / World Orange Production
« on: March 06, 2019, 10:39:34 AM »
In the 2018/19 season, the world's orange production will increase by 4.2 million tons compared to the previous year and reach 51.8 million tons.

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Citrus General Discussion / Flowering And Leaf Fall
« on: February 27, 2019, 03:08:32 PM »
It is now time for flowering, or very soon  in many areas for citrus trees to begin flowering.  Flowering in citrus trees is the time of greatest leaf fall.  So if you notice more leaves dropping than normal, don't become overly alarmed.

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A team of scientists from several universities that surveyed a representative sample of U.S. consumers and conducted focus groups to better understand American consumers' attitudes about GM food and agriculture.
About half of the 1,050 people who responded to the survey had positive attitudes toward GM science, the researchers found. Nearly 37 percent of the consumers surveyed felt neutral about GM science and 14 percent had negative perceptions of it. Most of the people who were receptive to GM science were white males who were millennials or younger, the data indicated. They were highly educated—most held a bachelor's degree or higher—and affluent, with annual incomes of $75,000 or greater. Women, on the other hand, constituted 64 percent of the group with negative feelings about GM science. Baby boomers and older adults were nearly twice as likely to fall into this group. People in this group also were less educated—about half reported some college but no degree.

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Citrus General Discussion / marathon - A New Mandarin
« on: February 08, 2019, 10:37:36 AM »
 Marathon mandarin is a seedless mandarin orange variety that not only tastes good and is easy to peel, but also can be kept on the tree for up to 3 months without losing much of its quality.  Side note:  seems like everything being developed these days is a mandarin.

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Citrus General Discussion / HLB Detections Soar In California
« on: January 24, 2019, 03:25:18 PM »
HLB was detected in 269 trees in 2017 and 699 trees in 2018, with a majority of these occurring in Los Angeles and Orange counties. That’s where the disease was first discovered in California, in 2012 in Hacienda Heights.
The disease has not yet been detected in a California commercial grove, though most industry experts believe it’s just a matter of time.


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Citrus General Discussion / HLB On The Move In California
« on: January 18, 2019, 03:36:35 PM »
The HLB carrying psyllid has been found in San Francisco’s Marina district, prompting state agricultural officials to declare a quarantine in the entire city of San Francisco thursday to stop the bug from spreading to nearby areas.

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Citrus General Discussion / The Wonderful Company
« on: January 16, 2019, 03:49:41 PM »
The Wonderful Company, the growers of Halo mandarins, which are found in stores all over the country, are now the largest farmers in the United States.

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The recent University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ research, a multi-year study that is only a few years in, indicates that using a controlled release fertilizer (CRF) with micronutrients gives the best results of several combinations of fertilizer components. Specifically, 150 pounds/year/acre of CRF plus 1.5 pounds/tree of an Mn-Zn-Fe-B micronutrient fertilizer, divided into three applications per year provided better growth and production than traditional fertilizer and various other combinations of micronutrients. What does that mean per tree in your backyard? It means about one-third pound of fertilizer plus 0.5 pounds per tree of the micronutrients applied three equally spaced times from February to October. The fertilizer should be applied in the wetted zone of the tree’s root system, not just put in a single spot or narrow ring around the tree.

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Citrus General Discussion / All My In Ground Trees Are 2 Months Early
« on: November 25, 2018, 07:59:36 PM »
My Cara Cara, Dekopon, Ponkan, Marsh Grapefruit, Valentine Pummelo and Bittersweet Orange are all in full flush and bloom.  Normally my in ground trees flush/bloom around January 10 +-.   The flushes are not small flushes, but a full general flush over the entire tree's surface. As soon as all the flowering is complete, the trees will receive a foliar spray of low biuret urea, to reduce any post bloom fruit drop.  Then during the fruit cell expansion period another low biuret urea spray to increase fruit's size.

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Citrus General Discussion / A new Video from Dan Wiley's Fuitmentor
« on: November 17, 2018, 08:22:23 PM »
Dan Wiley of Fruit Mentor just published a new video on grafting citrus. It shows a highly efficient method of chip budding that allows a large number of trees to be produced in a small space. This is particularly important in California because all citrus propagation must now be performed inside of insect proof structures. This protects the trees from the Asian citrus psyllids that spread the deadly huanglongbing disease

https://youtu.be/3vxPkYrqESw

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Citrus General Discussion / Louisiana Citrus - Video
« on: November 13, 2018, 10:31:03 PM »
https://www.wwltv.com/article/news/local/plaquemines/after-two-tough-years-louisiana-citrus-crop-looking-good/289-613121839

This is fruit from Becnel Family Farms.  Many on this forum know of the Becnels

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Citrus General Discussion / Citrus Asian Psllids Found In Visalia CA.
« on: November 13, 2018, 11:46:42 AM »
Recently 250 citrus psyllids have been found in Visalia, CA, home of the world famous Citrus Variety Collection, and the Lincove Citrus Research Station.   Psyllids seem to be moving through California at a scary rate.

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Citrus General Discussion / Lot More HLB in California
« on: October 27, 2018, 02:12:30 PM »
 As of Oct. 9, there have been 906 positive HLB detections in California. “The real hot spot for us right now is Orange County. We’re finding a lot of HLB-positive trees in Garden Grove and Anaheim,” said Victoria Hornbaker, interim citrus program director with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1dEG3aQa7E

Once again a VERY BIG thank you to Dan Willey (Fruitmentor) for this TWO YEARS of  work to bring us this video.

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Citrus General Discussion / Snow In Colorado
« on: October 14, 2018, 03:23:11 PM »
We are getting snow today here at my place.  Currently the temperature is 18-F (-8 C) and will get colder when the sun sets.  Four or five weeks ago I planted a Flying Dragon Poncirus out side next to the south wall of one of my barns.  The elevation here is 5,240 feet  (1747 m) so our winters can be quite cold.  This will be a good test for the survivability of the in ground Flying Dragon tree.

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Citrus General Discussion / Ratio Of Blooms To Harvestable Fruit In Citrus
« on: September 30, 2018, 05:36:00 PM »
In general, citrus trees bloom profusely in spring, but only a small number of flowers become fruit that stay on the tree and reach maturity until harvest. In sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), for example, less than 1 percent of flowers turn into harvestable mature fruit

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