Florida ag department urges citrus growers to join health management areas

05/24/2011 01:41:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is urging growers to participate in Citrus Health Management Areas—area-wide programs that target Asian citrus psyllid control.

The voluntary programs are led by the University of Florida and are designed to slow the spread of citrus greening, a bacterial citrus disease spread by psyllids, according to a news release.

Under local CHMAs, growers coordinate their spray programs.

The goal is to treat all area groves at the same time so Asian citrus psyllids don't have a chance to migrate from treated areas to untreated ones.

The program also coordinates pesticide rotation to help slow the development of insecticide resistance.

Participating growers can use any application method they want—low-volume, aerial or speed sprayers.

For more information about CHMAs, visit the University of Florida.

Click here for a list of active CHMAs.

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