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» January 26, 2011 «
Citrus fruit is often given as a gift of good fortune for the Chinese New Year, which starts February 3. But because the fruit gifts often come from backyard trees, the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program urges Californians to select fruit with care. Ensuring the fruit is washed and does not contain foliage will help prevent the spread of the Asian citrus psyllid. The invasive pest has been found in seven Southern California counties and poses a threat to citrus trees.
Preparations are under way for the next phase of the battle against the European grapevine moth. The moth can destroy a grape crop, as it did two years ago in a Napa County vineyard. Because of the success of pest-reduction efforts last year, those involved say they're optimistic for further success. A group of experts is now being asked to decide how many generations of the insect need to pass without a new find before quarantines can be lifted.
The California Asparagus Commission reports 15 percent of last year's crop went to export markets. Japan, Switzerland and Canada were the top destinations. Of the 85 percent sold in the U.S., nearly half was sold within California. Nearby states Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona took about 6 percent each. The commission expects 11-thousand-500 acres of asparagus to be in production this year. Harvest may start soon, depending on the weather.
Even with weather problems, California strawberry growers established another production record. Farmers shipped more than 181 million trays of strawberries in 2010. In 2009, farmers produced more than 174 million trays. Each tray weighs 9 pounds. The California Strawberry Commission said last year's cool, wet spring slowed production. Then in December, rain washed out harvests for a time. Southern California growers anticipated resuming full production this week.Top