What is in this article?:
- Tulare County citrus growers ready for action against psyllid
- Organic marketing may take hit
- Field cleaning machines
- Tulare County could start a concerted spraying program for the Asian citrus psyllid in mid-December.
- Tulare County Citrus growers will not face an immediate quarantine because of the discovery of a single Asian citrus psyllid in two different locations in Tulare County in November.
- One effect of the required treatments in the eradication zone is a likely blow to marketing of organic citrus. Because organic treatments have proven ineffective on the pest, Leavitt said, conventional sprays would be needed.
Field cleaning machines
Melinda Mochel, senior environmental scientist with CDFA, spelled out the regulations put in place in the restricted zones in Tulare County. She said bulk citrus with leaves and stems attached cannot be moved out of the restricted area.
One step in harvest may involve use of field cleaning machines, something that is done is Southern California’s quarantine zones where equipment and personnel are brought into the grove to run fruit across belts and to use systems of brushes and rollers to make sure the citrus is free of leaves and stems.
There is no restriction on movement of bulk fruit within restricted areas, and commercially cleaned, graded and packed fruit or field-cleaned fruit can leave those areas. A “field cleaning verification form” would be required.
Mochel said growers in the restricted areas should be sure harvesting and transport equipment is kept clear of all stem and leaf debris.
Information on CDFA efforts is available at http://cdfa.ca.gov/plant/acp/.