Texas citrus greening focus of state’s ag secretary visit

01/23/2012 04:19:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Texas’ agriculture commissioner will meet with citrus growers to discuss methods of controlling the spread of citrus greening, which was confirmed in the state in the first half of January.

Commissioner Todd Staples will meet with grower-shippers at 10 a.m. CST Jan. 24 at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce in McAllen, according to a Texas Department of Agriculture news release.

The department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) found the disease in a tree in a commercial orange grove in San Juan.

Staples and grower-shippers will discuss strategies for controlling greening, which has destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of citrus in Florida. After the meeting, growers, nursery operators and media can tour the grove where the infected tree was found.

Greening also has been found in Georgia, South Carolina and Louisiana.

Asian citrus psyllids, the pests that carry citrus greening, had been found earlier in Texas, but they tested negative for greening. Psyllids testing negative also have been found in citrus-producing states California and Arizona.



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