Reversing a trend, the latest forecast Florida citrus production report shows gains in grapefruit and tangerine production, a drop in tangelo harvesting but steady production of oranges.
The latest forecast shows continuing production declines for nearly all of Florida citrus, with citrus greening cutting production.
A research group, led by a University of Florida bacteriologist, has created a genetic road map of a new strain of citrus greening that could further threaten Florida’s citrus industry.
There’s no more important issue to the U.S. citrus industry than fighting greening disease, also called huanglongbing.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have appropriated $5 million annually from the state general fund to fight citrus diseases and the pests that spread them.More Packer Stories for Tangelos
Market Scope - Tangelos — F.o.b.s as of Feb. 24
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA — Shipments fairly light — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices shippers first grade minneola 100s slightly higher, others generally unchanged. Unofficial prices 7/10- and 4/5-bushel cartons shippers first grade 56-80s mostly $19.80-21.90, 100s mostly $17.80-19.90, 125s $14.80-16.90; shippers choice 56-125s mostly $13.80-14.90. Prices from industry sources. No f.o.b. reported as of Feb. 24.
FLORIDA — Shipments (8-4-1, includes export 0-0-0) — Prices not reported.