Commercial Citrus Growers Form Local ACP Management Areas
By Charmayne Hefley, Associate Editor
Commercial citrus growers are banding together to prevent the spread of the citrus-deadly Huanglongbing (HLB) disease and the pest that spreads it—the Asian Citrus Pysllid (ACP). Beth Grafton-Cardwell, an IPM specialist and research entomologist at UC Riverside and Director of UC ANR Lindcove Research & Extension Center, said growers are forming ACP management areas to prevent ACP from spreading HLB.
“ACP management areas are being formed by the citrus industry and community,” Grafton-Cardwell said. “They’re basically saying, ‘Let’s get together. Let’s form these groups of growers—25 to 35 growers in an area. Let’s work together as neighbors to treat across a large area and get more of the psyllids killed than if we each treated individually at different times.’”
HLB is a serious concern to growers, according to Grafton-Cardwell; the disease has already devastated the citrus industry in Florida. “We want to prevent that from happening here,” shel said.
According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, ACP notices posted thus far in the first quarter of 2016 include the following areas:
|Kern County||Bakersfield, Shafter, Wasco|
|Imperial County||Bard, Brawley area, Calipatria, Niland, Winterhaven, Zone 7|
|Los Angeles County||La Puente, San Gabriel|
|Riverside County||Hemet, Riverside, San Jacinto|
|San Bernardino County||Cadiz|
|San Diego County||De Luz, Escondido, Fallbrook, Ramona, San Diego|
|San Joaquin County||Stockton|
|Santa Barbara County||Areawide, Buellton, Casmalia, Garey, Orcutt, Santa Maria, Sisquoc|
|Santa Clara County||Milpitas, San Jose|
|Tulare County||Porterville, Strathmore|