A citrus industry analyst estimates that despite a $21 million weekend, California’s crops are in “excellent quality.”
Residents living within 10 miles of an affected tree in Hacienda Heights will not be allowed to take their fruit with them for the next two years.
California orange growers plan to begin harvesting a new variety of seedless mandarin orange this month that they think will appeal to consumers and lower their expenses.
The move is aimed at slowing a moth-sized parasite that spreads huanglingbing, a disease which causes a tree to put out bitter, shriveled fruit, and then die.
California agriculture officials have expanded their quarantine area for the Asian citrus psyllid after the two of the insects were found in Ventura County.
California’s billion-dollar citrus crop is safe for another day after a predicted deep freeze failed to bring temperatures down far enough to cause damage.