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Georgia Grower Rapidly Reacts to HLB Find
« on: February 22, 2022, 04:58:24 PM »
Whoops, looks like hlb is starting to spread in South Georgia.  With the growth of the citrus industry,  it was only a matter of time as those areas are too close to Florida.


https://citrusindustry.net/2022/02/14/georgia-grower-rapidly-reacts-to-hlb-find/ 

Earlier this year, a small grove owner in Grady County, Georgia, noticed some odd-looking trees in his grove. The leaves, having an asymmetrical discoloration, appeared to be nutritionally deficient. In an attempt to remedy the problem, the grower reached out to the Grady County Extension office for help. The Extension agent began his quest to figure out the treesí issue(s).

After collecting a number of leaf samples, the Extension agent contacted a citrus specialist for assistance and, as a precautionary measure, submitted the samples for testing to the University of Georgia Plant Molecular Diagnostic Lab to determine if the trees were diseased. When the lab results came back, the Extension agent found himself in a situation he had never before encountered ó what to do about trees infested with huanglongbing (also known as HLB or citrus greening).


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Re: Georgia Grower Rapidly Reacts to HLB Find
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2022, 05:21:50 PM »
Yes, I read the same article, such a shame.

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Re: Georgia Grower Rapidly Reacts to HLB Find
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2022, 09:54:29 PM »
Yikes! The last report I heard indicated that Gainesvill was the furthest north it had been reported. I am hoping that their longer cool season will mitigate the effects (similar to how pierces disease disappears in vinyards over the winter if you get far enough north or high enough into the mountains).

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Re: Georgia Grower Rapidly Reacts to HLB Find
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2022, 10:19:42 PM »
I just learned from a commercial grower in south GA ( actually, I believe she was the author of this article) at our annual southeastern citrus expo last November that they have now determined that the psyllid  is not killed by cold temperatures and that they are found hiding under the leaves even during freezing temperatures. They are bagging the trees there to give protection from psyllids  and for additional freeze protection. At one point they said you would have to be somewhere where it stays below freezing for three days or more to kill the psyllid. This past winter, we didnít even stay below freezing for a 24 hour period here in western NC. Global warming is going to bring the bugs further north. They also say hurricanes can blow them north too.
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Re: Georgia Grower Rapidly Reacts to HLB Find
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2022, 09:15:52 PM »
Maybe home growers can hide their citrus in between other trees and fruit for now, but I think the commercial citrus growers in Georgia will forever be looking over their shoulders now....

Way too much Citrus concentrated, way too close to Florida, with way too many warm spells...
It was a good run....Maybe Tennessee will be the next Citrus Industry location...or the GMO rootstocks will be come more widespread..

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Re: Georgia Grower Rapidly Reacts to HLB Find
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2022, 02:08:18 AM »
 :-\ :-\
It's illegal for us to move live citrus from county to county state to state, near infected areas. (here in USA)
-But.
I often see those horribly deformed, discolored, lesion-fruits in the bins at Supermarkets.  I am afraid I will bring any one of these diseases, home to my garden.  They ship it right at us??

I try not to compost citrus from markets, or supermarkets.  Or the icky black lettuce ... with mega-farm fungicide-resistant vasculo-fungi.  Hate that #$#!!&$#$!! stuff!

Be happy.
:-\ :-\

 

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