In this Issue:
  • A Tiny Wasp to Fight the Asian Citrus Psyllid
  • Citrus Greening Confirmed in Alabama
  • UF Sugar Belle Citrus Variety more Tolerant to Greening
  • Historically Low Florida Citrus Production Forecast
  • Disease Alert: Citrus Greening and Asian Citrus Psyllids found in the Panhandle
  • UF/IFAS Evaluating Cold-Hardy Citrus Varieties for the Panhandle
  • Georgia Citrus Association Annual Meeting – February 27
  • Late Winter Citrus Management Considerations
  • Citrus Health Forum – February 23
  • Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Highlights
  • Citrus

    A Tiny Wasp to Fight the Asian Citrus Psyllid

    The Asian citrus psyllid (Fig 1), the carrier of the causative agent of citrus greening or Huanglongbing (HLB), is certainly the most devastating pest in citrus worldwide. Since it was first spotted in Florida in 1998, the Asian citrus psyllid has spread across the state, and starting in 2005, the first cases of HLB were …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/14/a-tiny-wasp-to-fight-the-asian-citrus-psyllid/

    Citrus Greening Confirmed in Alabama

    Amy Belcher, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries

    A plant disease that presents a serious threat to the U.S. citrus industry has been detected in Alabama. Federal and state plant health officials have confirmed the identification of Citrus Greening (CG), also known as Huanglongbing …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/30/citrus-greening-confirmed-in-alabama/

    UF Sugar Belle Citrus Variety more Tolerant to Greening

    Brad Buck, UF/IFAS News

    While citrus greening disease has blemished the Florida industry, University of Florida scientists have developed a mandarin hybrid that seems to be winning the battle. Now, researchers are learning what makes this fruit a fighter.

    UF/IFAS researchers have discovered that a mandarin hybrid developed by colleagues contains cellular activity – …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/19/uf-sugar-belle-citrus-variety-more-tolerant-to-greening/

    Historically Low Florida Citrus Production Forecast

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam released the following statement on March 9, 2017 after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2016-2017 season, which is down four-percent from the February forecast:

    Although not unexpected, today’s historically …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/17/historically-low-florida-citrus-production-forecast/

    Disease Alert: Citrus Greening and Asian Citrus Psyllids found in the Panhandle

    F. Iriarte, X. Martini, M. Paret, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) Quincy, and E. Lovestrand, UF/IFAS Franklin Co. Extension

    Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as Yellow Shoot or Citrus Greening is a devastating disease of citrus worldwide. The disease is caused by a bacteria named Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus. This bacterium is transmitted …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/03/disease-alert-citrus-greening-and-asian-citrus-psyllids-found-in-the-panhandle/

    UF/IFAS Evaluating Cold-Hardy Citrus Varieties for the Panhandle

    The relatively mild winter temperatures during the last two decades has led to a resurgence of interest in cold hardy citrus in North Florida. Satsumas account for almost all of the new commercial citrus acreage in the Florida Panhandle. Satsumas are the most cold-hardy commercial citrus. In North Florida, Satsuma fruit are  ripe for harvest …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/17/ufifas-evaluating-cold-hardy-citrus-varieties-for-the-panhandle/

    Georgia Citrus Association Annual Meeting – February 27

    The Georgia Citrus Association will be holding their annual meeting on February 27 from 9 AM to 3 PM in Tifton, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, 15 RDC Rd., Tifton, GA 31794.  General Admission tickets are $15 and include lunch and tours.  Please register by February 20, by visiting this link:  

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/17/georgia-citrus-association-annual-meeting-february-27/

    Late Winter Citrus Management Considerations

    Both niche market farmers and home gardeners may be uncertain about late winter management of Satsuma trees.  Several questions that have come in to the Extension Office recently include: Should I prune my trees? Why are the leaves yellow? How soon should I fertilize?  The focus of this article is to provide some answers to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/10/late-winter-citrus-considerations/

    Citrus Health Forum – February 23

    Florida citrus growers are welcomed to attend the 2017 Citrus Health Forum, February 23rd at the North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL.

    With the continuous development of cold-hardy citrus varieties, and improvement in freeze protection, there has been a significant growth in North Florida citrus in recent years. During the last decade, satsuma …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/27/citrus-health-forum-february-23/

    Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Highlights

    The Panhandle Ag Extension Team hosted the inaugural Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference on Tuesday, October 11.  The conference featured three concurrent session tracks for participants to choose from, a keynote address on whole farm business profitability, and a locally sourced lunch cooked by the Jackson County Master Gardeners.  More than 120 people attended the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/21/panhandle-fruit-vegetable-conference-highlights/

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