Friday, July 25th, 2014

Arizona Citrus Growers Preparing For Possible Disease Outbreak In Fruit Trees

Citrus growers in Arizona are preparing for the possible outbreak of a disease that has already devastated thousands of acres of fruit trees in Florida and California.
 
The Arizona Republic reports that an insect known as the Asian citrus psyllid, which carries the citrus-greening disease, has been detected in western Arizona. The disease, however, has not yet manifested. Agriculture officials say the psyllids were discovered at the U.S.-Mexico border in a shipment of limes in June 2013 in Nogales. The state Department of Agriculture says citrus is a $37 million dollar industry for the state. State and federal agriculture officials say they are finding it difficult to keep up with the insect's growing population, which spiked in Yuma County.

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