HLB control has been expensive for US growers

The efforts of Californian growers to keep huanglongbing (HLB) at bay have been largely successful. So far, the state’s citrus industry has avoided the devastating loss of trees that has occurred in Florida, South America and other commercial citrus-growing regions. Still, those efforts have certainly come with a cost to the growers.

Bruce Babcock, professor of public policy at University of California Riverside, explained how efforts to keep HLB out of commercial citrus groves are impacting the cost of production. “Even though the disease has not spread into commercial citrus groves in California, California growers are still incurring higher costs of production to try to delay the onset of HLB.”

California’s efforts have been focused on controlling the Asian citrus psyllid, the insect that spreads HLB in citrus. “Insecticide costs have been going up because of increased number of sprays to combat the psyllid,” said Babcock.

Read the full article on citrusindustry.net.

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