Aussie Expert on Citrus Greening Discusses Psyllid Control

Gary Cooper Citrus, Florida, International

Andrew Beattie was one of the featured speakers at the Citrus Expo late this summer in Fort Myers, Florida. Beattie is a recognized citrus researcher in citrus greening from the University of Western Syndey, New South Wales, Australia. In this “Ask the Citrus Expert” feature, Beattie offers comments on controlling the citrus psyllid in order to slow the rate of …

FDOC Exec on Forecast, World Supplies & Marketing Initiatives

Gary Cooper Citrus, Florida, International

Catching up with Florida Dept of Citrus Executive Director Ken Keck recently at the Ray-Bob Groves citrus grower breakfast sponsored by Stallings Crop Insurance the morning of the crop forecast, Keck discussed the crop, factors in Brazil that could further impact world supplies, and the outlook on the marketing side for the coming season. Keck is featured in both these …

Citrus Crop Forecast Fill-In-Blank Form & “Live” Broadcast Info

Gary Cooper Citrus, Florida, General, International

Here is a fill-in-the-blank form (pdf file) that can be printed and used to track the citrus crop forecast announcement this Friday. Also, here is a news release (word document)with information on the various ways growers and others can tune in to hear “live” coverage of the citrus crop forecast announcement this Friday morning beginning at 8:29 a. m. eastern …

“The ICE” Making It Easier for More Futures Traders

Gary Cooper Citrus, Cotton, Florida, General, International

In these reports, President Tom Farley of I C E Futures U. S. explains how the name change from the New York Board of Trade better reflects modernized services being offered at the Exchange. Electronic trading in particular is allowing more efficiencies to come into play, and many more traders to come into the market. Report (2:00 mp3) Report (2:00 …

HLB “Greening” Confirmed in Polk County FL

Gary Cooper Citrus, Florida, International

This just in this afternoon from Florida Dept of Agriculture Division of Plant Industry (FDACS/DPI). Report (2:00 mp3) INDUSTRY ADVISORY Citrus Greening Found in Polk County in Two Locations including the State’s Citrus Arboretum In late August, citrus greening disease (huanglongbing) was detected at the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services’ Citrus Arboretum in Winter Haven. Additional samples collected …

Florida Fresh Deal Under Old Rules Until New Rules Are Final

Gary Cooper Citrus, Florida, International

Continuing with the series of reports about Florida’s fresh fruit packers awaiting finalization of new rules from USDA pertaining to shipment of fresh fruit for this season. According to comments from Richard Kinney of Florida Citrus Packers Association, packers are getting a bit anxious to see the new rules finalized by the first of October when shipments are expected to …

Ornamental Plant ‘Smoking Gun” In Brazil Greening Spread

Gary Cooper Citrus, Florida, International

Dr Jim Graham of University of Florida’s Citrus Research and Education Center says there are lessons to be learned from the recent spread of citrus greening to previously uninfected areas of Brazil’s commercial citrus regions, due to the movement of an ornamental plant known as ‘orange jasmine.’ Report (2:00 wma) Report (2:00 wma)

History of Citrus “Greening” Disease

Gary Cooper Citrus, Citrus Expo News, Florida, International

Andrew Beattie from University of Western Sydney in New South Wales Australia was among numerous presenters at Citrus Expo recently. We caught up with him after his talk for a brief but interesting review of the history of the movement of citrus “greening” disease around the world. Hear his comments in this report. Report (2:00 mp3)