In this Issue:
  • Friday Feature: Hurricane Irma’s Impact on the Florida Citrus Industry Video
  • 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
  • Late Winter Citrus Management Considerations
  • Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Highlights
  • Panhandle Citrus Producers Need to Know Symptoms of Canker and Greening
  • Citrus

    Friday Feature: Hurricane Irma’s Impact on the Florida Citrus Industry Video

    This week’s featured video was a CBS News report on the damage from Hurricane Irma to Citrus in Southwest Florida.  The story features Paul Meador, Citrus Grower and Gene McAvoy, UF/IFAS Regional Vegetable Agent, who were out earlier this week assessing damage to crops and citrus in Hendry County.  McAvoy estimates there were more …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/15/friday-feature-hurricane-irmas-impact-on-the-florida-citrus-industry-video/

    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/

    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/

    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/

    Panhandle Citrus Producers Need to Know Symptoms of Canker and Greening

    Florida’s citrus producers, as well as backyard growers have battled detrimental issues like hard freezes and storm damage over the years.  However, in recent years, emergent bacterial diseases known as citrus canker and citrus greening have been devastating Florida’s citrus crops.  Although these diseases are not yet a major issue in the Panhandle, it’s important …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/08/05/panhandle-citrus-producers-need-to-symptoms-of-canker-and-greening/

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