From the editors of Growing Magazine | March 27, 2012
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Spinach Genes May Stop Deadly Citrus Disease
Citrus growers worldwide who currently have no cure for a devastating, tree-killing disease may soon find relief from an unlikely source: spinach. Dr. Erik Mirkov, a Texas AgriLife Research plant pathologist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco, has transferred two genes from spinach into citrus trees, apparently providing resistance to citrus greening disease. Read More

Ex-SK Foods Chief Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Charges
A former California food company owner pleaded guilty to racketeering Thursday in a tomato price-fixing plot that authorities said drove up costs to consumers across the nation. Frederick Scott Salyer, 56, was charged with bribing purchasing managers at food giants including Kraft Foods Inc. and Frito-Lay to buy tomato products from his company, Monterey-based SK Foods. Read More

Early Start for NC's Strawberries
Warm weather in North Carolina's triangle has brought out early flowers, notably in strawberries. "We started seeing blooms back in January," said Roger Ball, of Ball's Produce Farm on Rock Service Station Road in Raleigh. Read More

Limoneira Joins Efforts with Associated Citrus Packers
Limoneira Company, a leading agribusiness with prime agricultural land and operations, real estate and water rights in California announced an agreement with Associated Citrus Packers of Yuma, Arizona to pack and market lemons. Associated Citrus Packers has historically packed approximately 850,000 cartons of lemons grown on nearly 2,000 acres. Read More

U.S. Grape Exports Decline 8.5%
The weather in North America has been warm and fair throughout most of the central states and extending across the country ensuring no logistical disruptions in any region and making it seem as though an especially early spring is upon us Read More

Grapefruit Season to Wrap Up Two Weeks Early
Due to weather that pushed up the grapefruit season in Florida, production will last for about two more weeks. This puts the timing of the season approximately two weeks earlier than usual. Doug Bornique, of the Indian River Citrus League, pointed out that the weather from as far back as 2010 has had an effect on this year's season. The cold weather that December, he said, affected this season's timing. Read More

Uncertain Future for CA Strawberry Producers
Scratch the soil of the strawberry fields that stretch for miles across the Pajaro Valley and you'll find one of the biggest challenges for farmers: plant-destroying pathogens that can cut into productivity and profits. For years, growers have fought disease with methyl bromide, a fumigant that sterilizes the soil before planting. Read More

Arysta LifeScience Ph-D Fungicide Receives EPA-Approved Label Addendum
Arysta LifeScience North America, LLC announced that Ph-D fungicide (or Polyoxin D) is now registered in California by the California Department of Pesticide (CDPR) for use on grapes for control of botrytis bunch rot (Botrytis cinerea). Read More


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