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The Highlands County Extension Citrus E-Newsletter
4509 George Blvd. Sebring, FL 33875 863-402-6540
Highlands County Citrus E-Talk
As I write this newsletter my heart like yours is heavy
over our losing Mason Smoak from this life to eternal
life. Each time I think of Mason, my mind goes into a
whirr. There is no one I know or have known like
Mason. He is a role model for us all. He wore his faith
in God where all could see. He dearly loved Tracee and
his children. His faith and family superseded all else
he did, yet he was a leader, mentor, confidant, and
true friend to each and all of us. I never heard him say
no, I can't help. He had a sense of humor that
penetrated all he did. We all one time or another were
victim to one of his mischievous pranks, only to hear his unique laughter. He
came from good stock, a family and extended family whose closeness is very
evident. His going home to be with his Maker was not expected, yet he has left so
much of himself with us. Although over the past week, I could not see Mason
physically present, I have seen and heard Mason. My guess is we will see and
hear him for a long time to come. In the celebration of life service held for him he
spoke to us reminding us to live life fully and responsibly. Don't forget to tell
those close to you and those around you that you love them, and remember our
attitude is what we make it. Our lives will be forever better because we knew
August 20, 21 Citrus Expo, Ft. Myers
September 11 Packinghouse Field Day, CREC Lake Alfred
December 1 5 International Citrus Conference, Orlando
We have reached the time of year where the Citrus Psyllid, Huanglongbing, and
Citrus Canker are all happy. Warm temperatures, high humidity, recent rainfall,
frequent flushes of growth all add up to a "day at the beach" for these
formidable foes of citrus. As much as we would like to go on vacation and hope
these pest have gone away when we return. That isn't going to happen! NOW is
the time to be most diligent and have a good plan of action and be
implementing that plan. The portentous nature of these pests is such that they
feed off of the weather conditions we have. Exacerbating the situation is the
fact that they know no boundaries, so what your neighbor does greatly
influence the success you have. NOW is the time to include discussions with
neighbors as to how you each are fighting the war and coordinate battle plans.
If you need assistance in developing your plan, I am willing to work with you
and offer the best that we have from IFAS. Since returning to IFAS, my glass is
still half-full. I am seeing great progress in research and the diligence of citrus
growers. The key right now is to carefully continue the battles as we approach
having the permanent solutions to defeat the foe.
The 2008 Citrus Expo "Seeking Profitability Through Interim Innovations" will be
held August 20 & 21, 2008 at the Lee Civic Center in Ft. Myers.
Enclosed is a copy of the program. You can see both days are filled with topic
presentations of significant interest. The trade show also offers a value-added
opportunity in attending. Pre-registration is preferred, which can be done by
mailing in the pre-registration form or on-line at
This is the seventeenth year of the Citrus Expo and it certainly has an excellent
program. Register early and protect these days on your calendar.
Citrus Grower Tools
Tool # 1 HLB, Citrus Canker, Psyllid ID
The first line of offense in the ID of HLB, Citrus Bacterial
Canker, and the Asian Citrus Psyllid is your grove workers.
Their eyes see your trees more than anyone else. Training
of workers on how to identify HLB, canker, and the psyllid
is your responsibility. Although you may have already had
your workers trained, you may need an up-date training
for existing workers or new training for new employees.
IFAS, through the Citrus REC at Lake Alfred has a person on board who can provide worker training for
you on these subjects. She is Ms. Jamie Yates, Asst. Coordinator, Canker, and Greening Extension
Education, at the CREC Lake Alfred. She can be reached at 863-956-1151 ext. 1302, or
She has many resources such as laminated identification sheets, DVD's, CD's, field ID pocket guides
and various handouts which are available for growers to use. Also there are two websites http:!!
canker.ifas.ufl.edu and http://greening.ifas.ufl.edu, where information is available for use in training.
Ms. Yates is available to train your scouts or grove workers. Training can be held in a location
convenient for you (i.e. extension office, company office, barn, etc.) and are designed for your needs.
Training can be held where several growers can get together to have their employees trained at the
same time. No grower is too small or too large to receive these tools or training.
If you would like to request materials or setup training, please contact Jamie Yates, 863-956-1151 ext.
1302 or jdyates(@ufl.edu.
Tool # 2 HLB Maps
The Florida department of Agriculture provides regular updates of maps that identify the
location of finds of both Citrus Canker and Greening.
The current HLB, citrus greening map dated May 9, 2008 can be found at:
The combined map for both citrus canker and greening dated June 4, 2008 can be found at:
Keep these web addresses in your "favorites" list so you can look up updated maps in the
2008-2009 Citrus Health Response Program Compliance
FDACS, DPI has official announced that the CHRP program from last year will be
repeated exactly "as is" for this year. The 07/08 Compliance Agreements will roll
forward to this year. Growers and harvesters do not have to re-apply for 08/09
provided they had an agreement in 07/08. This includes the 07/08 Business Plans,
and 07/08 Compliance Agreement Numbers. The Compliance Agreement Numbers
which remain unchanged for 08/09 must appear on all field trip tickets.
Those who did not develop an agreement in 07/08 must apply now.
Although not likely, there is a potential this decision could change, therefore
growers should keep in contact with DPI to track any possible changes.
They are getting ready to do the fresh fruit agreements. Those involved with fresh
fruit will have to re-apply for the 2008-2009 season.
A link to the information for the 2008-2009 CHRP Compliance for 2008-2009 is as
follows: http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/pi/chrp/imaces/chrpcompliance 2008.pdf.
If you would like to contact someone directly at DPI, the two contacts given
regarding compliance agreements are Mark Estes (863-298-7723) or Tomas
Highlands County Citrus Extension
I have added to my program an electronic method of
conveying this newsletter called "Highlands County
Citrus E-Talk". I will continue this newsletter via
standard mail, but I will also send it electronically to any
citrus grower, manager, or allied industry representative who has given me
their email address.
In addition I will use "Highlands County Citrus E-Talk" to announce
meetings, provide meeting reminders, provide timely information releases, etc.
which I may not be able to do with the traditional "snail mail" printed
If you have not already and wish to receive "Highlands County Citrus E-
Talk" via your email, just send me a message at plowboy(~)ufl.edu and I'll put
you on the list.
Citrus Packinghouse Day
The Citrus Packinghouse Day is scheduled for September 11,
2008 at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake
IAlfred, and the Indian River Postharvest Workshop on
September 16, 2008 at the Indian River Research and
Education Center in Ft. Pierce.
This year's program will include presentations updating the
latest information on citrus canker related to fresh citrus, the development of new
fresh citrus varieties, national efforts to create commodity specific GAPs, changes in
the maximum residue limits for important export markets, practices to reduce peel
breakdown on fresh grapefruit, and research into the possible use of laser labeling on
For more information, contact Mark Ritenour at 772-468-3922, ext. 167 or visit http//
Oriental Fruit Fly
FDACS, DPI has reported finding two Oriental fruit Flies
in a sweet orange tree in Winter Park, Florida. DPI is
responding based on their protocol with intensive
trapping in an 81 square mile area around the find. If
more flies are found they will begin a limited treatment
program in the area.
In recent past flies were found in 1999, 2001, 2002, and
2007, all resulting in no further flies being detected. With so many
potentially devastating pest of citrus out there, we must keep alert
for things we may be unfamiliar with.
International Research Conference in HLB
An International Conference on HLB will be held in Orlando December 1 5, 2008.
The conference is being planned to bring together people from around the world to
discuss HLB to exchange the latest information, knowledge, ideas and concepts
relative to HLB.
If you are interested in being kept up to date on details of this conference, you should
contact Ms. Penny McCurry, mccurp@(doacs.state.fl.us.
UF FLO IDA
Highlands County Extension Service
University of Florida
4509 George Boulevard
Highlands Citrus Talk
Volume 1, Issue 7
Multi-County Citrus Extension Agent
Before collecting and submitting samples you should contact them
for protocol, forms, etc.
Southern Gardens Citrus -
United States Sugar Corporation,
Mike Irey, Technical Operations,
111 Ponce de Leon Ave.
Clewiston, FL 33440 863-902-2249
Southwest Florida RREC -
HLB Lab, 2686 SR 29 N,
Immokalee, FI 34142
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