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Growers urged to attend July 5 SWFWMD meeting
Agricultural wetlands policy permits in wetlands. Wetlands reg- each of the several basin board
and other issues that could drasti- ulation for non-agricultural inter- areas of SWFWMD must be spent in
cally affect agricultural interests ests will be the duty of the state the basin board area from which it
within the boundaries of Southwest Department of Environmental Regu- was collected.
Florida Water Management District lation (DER). Mutual is strongly opposed to
(SWFWMD) will be considered at a elimination of the basin boards.
workshop of the governing board Gov. Graham advised water "We believe in allowing local
July 5 in Tampa. management district officials that control of tax dollars as far as it is
"regulation of agriculture by the practical, McKown said. "We be-
"I urge every Mutual member water management districts "must lieve that most tax money collected
having property within SWFWMD meet at least the same standards as from a given area should be spent
boundaries to attend this important the regulation of other uses of wet- in that area."
session and express his or her lands by the DER." If the basin boards were elim-
opinion," Mutual Executive Vice inated, McKown said, all water man-
President Bobby F. McKown said SWFWMD is expected to use agement district taxes would go to
this week. agricultural wetlands rules adopted the overall SWFWMD fund to be
by the South Florida Water Man-othenral WtWr any way the
The 2 p.m. meeting will be at agement District as a model for its spentF Manywhereand any way the
SWFWMD's Tampa office at 7601 wetlands policy. SWFWMD board chose.
Highway 301 North in Tampa. "It is very possible that farm-
Mutual will offer comments on ers could wind up paying ad val-
In response to a directive the proposed wetlands rule at the orem taxes that would be spent
from Gov. Bob Graham, the gov- Tampa meeting. primarily in urban areas," McKown
earning board will adopt wetlands ai
rules and regulations for agricul- Another important issue to be said.
tural operations. The state legis- considered at the July 5 SWFWMD McKown said he would like
lature this year adopted a wetlands Governing Board session is elimi- growers to express their views and
bill that gave the state's five water nation of water management district support Mutual's positions on both
management districts authority for basin boards. Currently, money the wetlands and basin board is-
issuing agricultural dredge and fill collected by ad valorem taxes in sues at the July 5 meeting.
Processed product sales
Week Ending 6/16/84
FCOJ (thousand concentrate gallons) FCGJ
Week Season to date Week Season to date
1983-84 1982-83 1983-84 1982-83 1983-84 1982-83 1983-84 1982-83
RETAIL 2,287 2,067 58,500 65,184 57 84 1,701 2,002
I NST. 341 283 9,645 9,596 12 11 374 382
BULK 1,737 1,738 54,139A 46,162 387 404 8,941 8,380
TOTAL 4,365 4,088 122,283A 120,942 456 499 11,016 10,764
Chilled OJ (thousand single-strength gallons) Chilled GJ
1983-84 1982-83 1983-84 1982-83 1983-84 1982-83 1983-84 1982-83
TOTAL 5,576 3,330 190.399 121.397 613 42' 18.419 14.277
Fresh sales Imports-Exports
Week Ending 6/17/84 Week Ending 6/16/84
1983-84* 1982-83 (1,000 Gals., 42.0 Brix)
(thousands of 1-3/5 bu. boxes) 1983-84 1982-83
Week To Date Week To Date Week 5,278 2,021
GRAPEFRUIT 60 15,624 32 17,274 Season To Date 47,802A 25,252
ORANGES & Last 12 Months 71,226 45,101
TEMPLES 38 6,893 102 10,380 EXPORTS
*Preliminary. A Adjusted. Week 162 290
"Test Hous_ Fator_____8%_Efectve_/__8/ _. Season To Date 6,01 4 6,421
Test House Factor Grft. 85% Effective 5/1 8/31. Last 12 Months 12,093 11,117
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--------------------.: Ag officials optimistic about Medfly .
MOSt areas have (continued from page 1) meant of Agriculture and the United
Medflies that might be in the area, States Department of Agriculture
below normal Alfieri said. immediately began work to intensify
Workers are also spraying the trapping and to spray for Medflies
rainfall n 84 i pesticide Diazinon under trees that in the area after the first flies were
:: are hosts for the Medfly to kill non- found in a trap June 19. A fifth
adult flies that may be on the fly was found in a tree June 21
Although most areas of the
ground. In addition, a quarantine about half a mile from the site
citrus belt received rains of one to
three inches during the week that has been placed in an 81-square- where the first four were discov-
rended June 22 cumulative annual mile area surrounding the infesta- ered, and a sixth fly was discov-
endd s, c an in m tion site to stop fruit from moving ered Wednesday in a trap about
rainfall was below normal in most
locations .out of the area. four blocks from the original dis-
The exception was South Flor- Workers from the state Depart- cover site.
ida, where heavier than normal rTe0.............................45.."'".-:0.0 :::.. ..:::
levels of rainfall have been record- M ore M edflv inform ation
ed thus far in 1984.
According to Mutual's field
representatives and the Florida (The following information
Crop and Livestock Reporting Ser- about the Mediterranean fruit
vice, the new crop fruit in the fly is excerpted from an article
southern citrus growing areas is prepared by Dr. Joseph L.
making very good progress. Knapp. Knapp is an integrated
Much of the new orange crop pest management specialist with
is golf ball size and larger, and the University of Florida's In-
some of the new grapefruit are stitute of Food and Agricultural
baseball size. Sciences.)
Listed below are cumulative The Mediterranean Fruit
annual rainfall levels in selected Fly, commonly called the Med-
citrus belt locations through June fly, is the world's most impor-
22, along with normal rainfall levels tant and widespread citrus pest The Medfly
through that date. The rainfall in the fruit fly group and is feasted fruit. Soft spots appear
information was provided by the recognized by some as the worst which indicate decay is starting
National Weather Service and Flor- pest of citrus fruit. in the interior of the fruit
ida Crop and Livestock Reporting The adult fly is a little Generally, the fruit drops to
Service. smaller than a house fly, with the ground and the larvae enter
Station 1984 Normal picture wings typical of fruit the soil to pupate. At the end
Ocala 18.81 21.87 .0 flies. Eyes tend to be a dark of the pupal period the adults
Inverness 17.98 19.47 blue. Its thorax (body part be- emerge from the soil.
n the head and abdomen) isrom the soil.
Sanford 14.67 19.68 tween the head and abdomen) is Life expectancy for the
St. Leo 21.17 22.85 glistening black with a mosaic most part depends upon the cli-
Clermont 10.76 18.12 pattern of yellowish-white matic conditions. Optimum ter-
Orlando 16.81 19.40 bands. The abdomen is yellow- peratures for the most rapid
Kissimmee 20.07 17.54 j. ish with two silvery crossbands. development are in the range of
Tampa 11.46 18.16 ^ The wings are banded and 70 degrees to 90 degrees F.
Plant City 16.94 19. 09 blotched with yellow, brown, Under the most favorable
Lakeland 13.68 19. 65 and black and are usually held conditions, eggs hatchinabout
Lake Alfred 14.79 19.49 in a drooping position. 3o nd the la r ch
Melbourne 13.30 17.71 The adult female pierces 36 hours and the larvae reach
Bradenton 16.95 19.64 the skin of the fruit with a muat u rit n bo ah t Th
Ruskin 18.38 20.64 needle-like ovipositor, usually 8 days and the adults may reach
Avon Park 18.65 21.91 depositing from 1 to 10 eggs in sexual maturity in 4 to 5 days
Ft. Drum 15.38 18.97 each puncture. Other Medflies sex ual maturity in 4 to 5 days.ble
Vero Beach 16.63 17.68 i may oviposit in the same punc- A conditionsfe cycle, undmay be completed in
Stuart 26.64 19.14 ture, which is often referred to condon weeks. completed in
Ft. Myers 21.66 19.17 asa "weep hole." Several hund- DISTRIBUTION :i
Immokalee 21.97 19.39 red eggs have been found in a A native of Africa, the
Moore Haven 22.73 19.71 single cavity. The female can Medfly has spread throughout
Clewiston 27.95 19.51 lay up to 300 eggs in her life- etpa ad tropc r
Belle Glade 21.47 21.49 time under favorable conditions. g trofal andsubtropical re
W. Palm Beach 28.61 23.23 Eggs hatch into maggots (leg- gions of the world.
Florida Citrus Mutual Triangle (USPS 201-140) is published Ss larvae) which feed upon Since 19 2 9, t h Un t e
weekly except month of July for $7.50per year for Florida the fruit pulp. As many as 115 States has been involved in sev-
Citrus Mutual members, by Florida Citrus Mutual, 302 S. Mass. sn l
Ave., P. O. Box 89, Lakeland, Fla. 33802. Postmaster: Send ::: have been found in a single in- eral outbreaks.
address changes to Florida Citrus Mutual, P. O. Box 89, %,?