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Challenges for the Japanese Citrus Market

Japan’s mandarin production continues to decline amidst labor shortages and reduced consumption. Shipping challenges and rising prices are projected to reduce the consumption of largely imported oranges and grapefruit. FAS/Tokyo anticipates that the resumption of hotel and restaurant operations following 2020-2021 COVID-19-related states of emergency will support the recovery of the Japanese demand for fresh lemons. Production Japan’s domestic tangerine/mandarin …

Weather Conditions Cause of Rind Breakdown in Satsuma Mandarin

Although you never know about the weather, we do know that if heavy rain occurs after color break in mandarins there can be significant rind breakdown. This problem can destroy much of the crop and the problem is largely preventable. Pre-harvest rind decay of mandarins in California generally occurs shortly after rain falls and is most severe on Satsuma mandarins. …

Research Indicates Paint Not Effective At Protecting Young Avocados From Herbicide Drift

California Avocado Commission — While it is often common practice for fruit growers to apply white latex paint to the bottom 2 to 3 feet of young, newly planted trees in order to provide some protection from herbicide drift, researchers note there is little evidence to prove this practice is effective. A recent blog post by Dr. Ben Faber summarized the …

CA Avocado Disease Management Webinar, FEB. 16

The California Avocado Society, California Avocado Commission and UC Cooperative Extension are hosting a free online Grower Webinar: Avocado Disease Management session on Wednesday, February 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The webinar is designed to provide growers and grove managers with information concerning management strategies for diseases that California avocado trees are prone to. The online seminar will cover: …

New Lab to Study Evolving Tree Fruit Bacteria

Joining Washington State University (WSU) as the newly established Endowed Chair in Bacterial Diseases of Tree Fruits, Frank Zhao will study and seek better ways to manage devastating bacterial pathogens in tree fruit. In bad years, these microbial disease heavy hitters such as fire blight and X‑disease phytoplasma cost apple, cherry, and pear growers hundreds of millions of dollars nationally in …

CA Pre-Season Avocado Crop Estimate at 306 Million Pounds

In December 2021, the California Avocado Commission surveyed industry handlers to develop the following 2022 California Avocado Pre-Season Crop Estimate (please note the California Avocado Commission’s crop year is aligned with the calendar year, January 1st through December 31st, and therefore information provided is for the 2022 calendar year.) Hass production is forecasted at 291 million pounds, Lamb-Hass at 9 …

Turkish Orange Crop Forecast Up 40%

In Market Year (MY) 2021/22, the orange yield is forecast to increase 40 percent to 1.82 million metric tons (MMT) due to favorable rainy weather conditions in March and April 2021. The input costs for items such as fertilizer, fuel, and pesticides are still considered too high while farm gate prices are too low to compensate for the high production …

Costa Rican Orange Production and Exports Expected to Rebound in 2022 Despite Battle with HLB

After overcoming COVID-related labor and supply chain disruptions, Costa Rica’s orange production is expected to rebound to 300,000 metric tons in 2022, pushing total orange juice exports slightly higher to 33,000 metric tons. Despite some success in mitigating the worst impacts of citrus greening, the disease is expected to limit near-term prospects for Costa Rican industry growth. Commercial orange production …

2021-22 CA Navel and Mandarin Forecast Down from Initial Estimates

The California Citrus Mutual Marketing Committee (Committee) estimates that the total Navel orange crop for the 2021-22 season will be down 20% from the previous season’s final utilized, or sold, production. The Committee also estimates that the Mandarin crop will be down as much as 45% from the 2020-2021 season. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s 2021-22 …

Jacob Villagomez Hired as CA Citrus Mutual Director of State Governmental Affairs

California Citrus Mutual (CCM) is proud to announce we have hired Jacob Villagomez as the new Director of State Governmental Affairs. He comes to us from the State Senate, where he previously served as the District Director for Senator Melissa Hurtado. In his new role, Jacob will advocate on behalf of California’s citrus growers in the State legislature and within …

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