How growers can protect commercial citrus

In January 2019, the CPDPC put together a task force to develop a list of recommended actions commercial citrus growers could take to help protect their groves from the threat of HLB. In February 2019, DATOC was recruited to develop the first draft of those recommendations, along with the scientific rationale for each suggested action. 

Project Timeline

February 13, 2019

DATOC produced the first draft of voluntary actions that growers could take to protect their groves, depending on their proximity to known HLB infections, with an accompanying scientific rationale for each action. 

March 2019

The task force met to review and prioritize DATOC's recommendations. A few changes were suggested. 

April 2019

DATOC incorporated changes suggested by the task force and submitted a second draft.

May 9, 2019

The voluntary response plan was presented to the full CPDPC, but the committee requested additional time to review it. A meeting was scheduled for May 29th at 2:30 for discussion and a final vote on the plan.

May 29, 2019

The CPDPC approved the voluntary response plan, termed "Best Management Practices for Huanglongbing in CA citrus" with some changes. The final document can be viewed on Citrus Insider here. A succinct "At-a-Glance" version is here.

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DATOC is sponsored by the Citrus Research Board and the California Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program.