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Citrus General Discussion / 2014 Citrus Expo University of Georgia
« on: September 24, 2014, 06:57:55 PM »
This year's citrus expo is being held at the University of Georgia on November 14 & 15, 2014.  The University of Georgia's Dr. Hanna will be our guest. Below are the details.  Stan Mckenzie will keep up updated.  - Millet

Southeastern Citrus Expo

November 14-15, 2014
University of Georgia, Tifton Campus
National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Lab (NESPAL)
2356 Rainwater Rd (does not show up on GPS-see attached map)
Tifton, Georgia 31793

Friday, November 14, 2014—
7:00 p.m. Dinner at Ole Time Buffet at Exit 62 (on your own-gather

Saturday, November 15, 2014—NESPAL, UGA Tifton Campus
8:00 to 9:00 a.m.   Citrus Expo Registration
8:00 to 9:00 a.m.   Fruit Contest Registration
9:00 to 9:10 a. m.   Welcome—Wayne Hanna
9:10 to 9:30 a.m.   Bananas for the Backyard-Greg Fonsah
9:30 to 10:00 a.m.   Importance of Citrus Rootstocks-Kim Bowman
10:00 to 10:20 a. m.   Break
10:20 to 10:40 a.m. Tips for Successfully Growing Citrus in the Backyard- Stan McKenzie
10:40 to 11:10 a.m.   Understanding nutrient requirements of plants—Erik Smith
11:10 to 11:30   Citrus Cold Tolerance at Tifton, GA in 2013-14 as Affected by Rootstock and Tree Age—Wayne Hanna
11:30 to 12:00 a. m.   Questions and Answers Panel—
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.   Lunch on your own—Plenty of places to eat at Exits 62 and 63.
1:30 to 2:15 p. m.   Citrus Fruit Contest Winners and Raffle
2:30 p.m.   Depart for Research Plots at UGA Campus

NOTE: Cannot bring “citrus plant material” or “fruit for propagation” into
Georgia without an APHIS permit

Registration: $15 per person.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: can you root budwood?
« on: September 23, 2014, 12:48:34 PM »
Yes, in the past I have removed a bud or two from a piece of budwood, then rooted the stick.  A  lot depends on the variety of budwood, as some varieties such as lemons root very easy, while other types can be more difficult. - Millet

More than 6 million citrus trees need to be removed and replanted to curve the damage caused by citrus greening in Florida. Through the federal Tree Assistance Program, Florida citrus growers now can get money to help get it done.

“It’s important for us to aggressively attack citrus greening. There has been serious concern of orchards being abandoned in Florida by owners who do not know what to do with them,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “What this program does, it provides them a chance to think and pencil out whether or not they can cost effectively and efficiently remove the diseased trees and replant. And if they do, over a period of time, hopefully recoup the cost.”

Though citrus is grown in other regions, only Florida citrus producers are eligible for this particular assistance program at this time, , simply because Florida citrus growers by far have the biggest problem with the disease and orchard abandonment. Over the next few years, 6 million citrus trees need to be replaced to make up the loss from the disease.

There is no cure for citrus greening. The industry is anxious to try any and all things to try and see what works … because they realize the seriousness and the risk.

Florida citrus growers will be eligible for up to 50 percent of the cost of the removal of diseased trees and site preparation, 65 percent of the cost of replanting and labor and 65 percent of the cost of seedlings. Losses must have occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011.

Growers are encouraged to contact their local Farm Service Agency office soon, before Sept. 30. Applications approved after Sept. 30 are subject to a payment reduction of 7.3 percent as required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Growers can still apply after Oct. 1, but will be subject to the sequestration reduction.

No person or legal entity, except joint ventures or general partnerships, may receive more than $125,000 in assistance from the program. Individuals or entities with average gross income exceeding $900,000 are ineligible for payment. Vilsack estimated, even with the limitations, 4,500 to 5,000 Florida citrus growers could be eligible for the program. - Millet

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Winter 2014 damage
« on: September 20, 2014, 08:32:49 PM »
Tom wasn't  Dallas Hartzog a speaker at last year's Citrus Expo in Alabama? - Millet

Is this tree watered too frequently, or is the tree growing in a poorly draining soil location?  There are several commonly used chemicals to control the problem.  Ari-Fos (Phosphorous acid), is commonly used by Southern California growers. Bayer produces one called Aliette fungicide. Fosetyl-Al is another good treatment. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Black dots on fruit
« on: September 14, 2014, 09:29:59 PM »
Brian, have you sprayed the tree with anything lately? - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: back from the dead
« on: September 14, 2014, 09:17:23 PM »
Don't over  water it. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: New To Citrus
« on: September 13, 2014, 11:44:32 PM »
Looks like your doing a good job growing your seedling trees.  Don't worry abut the misshaped leaves, your seedling are quite healthy. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: yellow leaf off my okitsu mandarin
« on: September 13, 2014, 11:27:23 PM »
Actually it look to be an old leaf. Citrus leaves have a life span of approximately 2 years . - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Naartjie-Citrus unishiu
« on: September 13, 2014, 11:20:49 PM »
I have several  Xie Shan Satsuma trees in my collection.   Currently I am growing 40 +- citrus varieties and have long thought that Xie Shan is the best tasting of them all.  A wonderful citrus variety.  I highly recomend growing  it. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / SorryI have not beeen on lately
« on: September 12, 2014, 08:23:20 PM »
On Sunday August 31, 2014 my wife and I were visiting in Denver, when I started getting pains in my chest and left arm. Went to The University of Colorado hospital emergency room and have spent the last 13 days recovering in the hospital from By-Pass Surgery.  I had three arteries totally blocked.  I just got back home this afternoon around 2:00PM.  While recovering from the operation, I also came down with Gout in my right knee. I will be down for the next 4 to 6 weeks recovering.  My Son Dan has been taking care of the greenhouse.   - Millet

Starling1, there are certainly a lot of good looking blooms. I see what looks like small stones as the top layer of the medium that your tree is growing in.  Is the entire medium small stones, or is other ingredients blended in ? - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: New Zealand Lemonade Seeds
« on: August 29, 2014, 08:24:54 PM »
Srarling1  I believe your correct, that the two trees are probably identical.  However, when I purchased the tree from an American Citrus nursery it was listed in their catalog and sold to me as a New Zealand Lemonade tree. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Manganese defficiency Pomelo
« on: August 29, 2014, 08:19:03 PM »
I assume that Yara Manganese 50% is 50% Mn.  If so  dissolve 1 gram of the fertilizer per liter of water and foliar spray the leaves either early in the morning or at dusk.  - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: APHIS Citrus Import Proposals
« on: August 29, 2014, 03:39:18 PM »
We can only hope the citrus shipments from South Africa are better quality than the citrus that South  Africa  shipped into the European Union.  That shipment was rejected because black spot was found in that shipment.  Between China and South Africa, just about every citrus disease and virus can be found We can only hope the US Government does a worthy job of expecting the incoming shipments from both countries.  . -  Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Its In The Tent
« on: August 28, 2014, 09:47:55 PM »
Results, published in the journal Phytopathology, showed that exposing citrus seedlings to a minimum of 48 hours of temperatures of 104 to 107 degrees Fahrenheit significantly reduced and often eliminated HLB infection. Monitoring showed the effects can last for at least two years.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / New Zealand Lemonade Seeds
« on: August 27, 2014, 10:35:54 PM »
In a month or so the fruit on my New Zealand Lemonade tree should be turning color and the fruit will be mature. This will be the first crop off this tree, and I presume the fruit is seeded.    If anyone is interested in growing a New Zealand Lemonade tree from  seed send me a PM.  A New Zealand Lemonade tree should fruit in 3 - 5 years from seed, depending how well the tree is grown. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Saint Michael Paperrind Orange
« on: August 27, 2014, 03:07:16 PM »
At one time Saint Michael Paperrind oranges were one of the largest varieties grown.  Over the years other varieties took their place.  Today vary few people have the Saint Michael growing.  Will be special to bring our seedlings to maturity, and fruiting. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Meyer Lemon
« on: August 27, 2014, 10:02:33 AM »
Mr. Texas you could certainly be right. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Saint Michael Paperrind Orange
« on: August 26, 2014, 10:01:53 PM »
Mark after you asked me about how my Saint Michael Paperrind Orange tree was doing, I made it a point to look at it today.  There are two main branches flushing at this time.  Each have flushed up 3-4 inches, and still growing. I think I will heat and light the tree throughout the winter months, which should cause the tree to produce two or even three extra flushes.  Thank again for giving me the tree. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Meyer Lemon
« on: August 26, 2014, 09:28:58 PM »
I'm not sure what the problem is, but it certainly looks like hail damaged fuit. - Millet - Millet

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