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 April 14
SOUTH AND CENTRAL DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments light — Movement expected to decrease. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Unofficial prices 7/10- and 4/5-bushel cartons shippers first grade minneola 56-64s mostly $19.80-22.90, 80s $20.80-22.90, 100s mostly $17.80-19.90, 125s $15.80-16.90, 150s mostly $14.40-15.90; shippers choice 56-80s $15.80-17.90, 100s $14.80-16.90, 125s $14.80-14.90, 150s $11.80-14.90. Supplies in few hands. Most sheds are finished for the season. Prices from industry sources. No f.o.b. report issued as of April 14.
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