Trouble in Citrus Paradise!!
Advice for the Home Gardener from the Help Desk of the
UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA which also oversees much of CCC's Department of Agriculture) released documents March 21st announcing that Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) had been found March 6 in both El Sobrante (centered but includes portions of Richmond and El Cerrito) (https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/pdep/treatment/notices/2017/ACP-NOT-ElSobrante-ContraCosta-March-2017.pdf) and Pleasant Hill (plus portions of surrounding cities) https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/pdep/treatment/notices/2017/ACP-NOT-PleasantHill-ContraCosta-March-2017.pdf). CDFA also announced that with cooperation of the CCC Agriculture Commissioner, they will soon commence with treatment to hopefully eradicate those found and prevent further spread.
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With ACP found in CCC and if you are growing citrus in your garden, you are strongly encouraged to check your citrus for ACP presence . Helpful UC IPM web guidance can be found at http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74155.html#PSYLLIDVIDEO (with video on how to detect ACP) as well as the CDFA web site (https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/acp/).
Help Desk of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County (SIM)
Note: The UC Master Gardeners Program of Contra Costa's Help Desk is available year-round to answer your gardening questions. Except for a few holidays, we're open every week, Monday through Thursday for walk-ins from 9:00 am to Noon at 75 Santa Barbara Road, 2d Floor, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. We can also be reached via telephone: (925) 646-6586, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the web at http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/Ask_Us/ MGCC Blogs can be found at http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/HortCoCo/ You can also subscribe to the Blog (http://ucanr.edu/blogs/CCMGBlog/)./span>