If recent cool and dry weather in the Indian River East Coast growing region holds, that lack of temperature volatility could extend the season for citrus growers and help them fill increased demand.
“It’s nice to have an economy (here) again,” Bournique said. “We were bageled, or zeroed, in production for two years in a row. It’s nice to have the packinghouses running again, the sales agencies selling and the trucks running down the highways.”
In a presentation on canker-resistant varieties, Greg McCollum, a plant physiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s horticultural research center in Fort Pierce, said canker resistance screening for resistant varieties has been limited because of a state law that formerly required destruction of canker-infested trees.
“Now that we’re not eradicating, it should provide us information on field susceptibility of canker,” he said. “In this post-eradication era, we will be given the opportunity to start a more aggressive research program on canker resistance.”