Citrus Black Spot spreads in Polk County

Citrus black spot (CBS) disease was confirmed at a second location in Florida’s Polk County in March. The new find was in a grove near State Road 60 and Indian Lake Estates, east of Lake Wales.

The only prior CBS infestation in Polk County was near U.S. 27 on the Highlands County border. But that location was turned into an industrial site several years ago, according to University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) plant pathologist Megan Dewdney. Other than Polk County, citrus black spot has been found only in five counties in Southwest Florida, primarily Collier and Hendry, for several years.

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