- Author: Ben Faber
The number of trees in Southern California confirmed to be infected with HLB has risen to 347, distributed across 16 communities in four counties. So far, all are in residential plantings, not in commercial groves. As HLB detections increase and spread closer to commercial citrus, it is a good time to consider removing citrus trees that are uncared for or not worth the resources required to protect them from ACP and HLB. The distribution of HLB confirmations, updated weekly, can be found on https://citrusinsider.org/maps/.
Winter ACP area-wide cycle
As a reminder, due to the Thomas Fire the treatment window for psyllid management areas in West Ventura and the Ojai Valley (PMAs 44-50) was delayed until Feb. 23-March 16. If you wish to confirm your treatment window or interim treatment percentages, or obtain referrals for pest-control or tree-removal services, please contact your grower liaisons, Sandra Zwaal and Cressida Silvers. Low- or no-cost tree removal assistance can also be obtained through California Citrus Mutual's Citrus Matters ACT NOW program. More information can be found at https://citrusmatters.cropscience.bayer.us/commercial-grower/act-program.
HLB in the news
ABC7 news and The San Bernardino Sun recently picked up a story regarding a San Bernardino County nursery caught up in the HLB quarantine, which led to destruction of its inventory of citrus trees.
ABC News7 article with clip: http://abc7.com/food/ie-nurserys-citrus-trees-to-be-destroyed-by-ca-agriculture-department/2959173/
UC Riverside & Citrus Research Board Citrus Day for the Industry will be on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at UC Riverside. The deadline to register is Jan. 30. Registration is $35 and includes lunch. Online registration is available at https://form.jotform.com/80016278039152. Click here to download the program.
The Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee's operations and outreach subcommittees will meet Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside. Attendance is free. The CDFA website with agenda, venue, and webinar information is at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/citruscommittee/.
If you have any questions, please contact one of the grower liaisons: