“With all the delimiting and additional surveying they’ve done (since November), they’ve yet to find any other psyllids dead or alive in groves or traps,” Blakely said. “That leads to the very strong probability that these may have been brought in as hitchhikers on material transported up from Southern California or out of the area. There’s no evidence of an established or breeding population in Tulare County.”
Affected operations are part of the San Joaquin Valley’s broader 200,000-acre citrus industry.
Tom Oliveri, director of trade practices and commodity services at Western Growers Association, also attended the Tulare meeting.
Asian citrus psyllid findings and quarantines have been common in California since 2008. The bulk of findings have been in urban residential areas to the south, such as Los Angeles and San Diego. There was just one finding of an HLB carrier, in Hacienda Heights.