J. Vincent Piluso 3:20 p.m., May 20
Citrus pests threaten local crops
San Diego’s $76 million citrus industry faces a new threat: the tiny Asian Citrus Psyllid, according to a new KPBS report.
The aphid-sized insects, while posing no harm on their own, carry a deadly tree disease that over a four year span wiped out up to 200,000 acres of citrus crops since appearing in Florida for the first time about a decade ago.
Warren Lyall, a citrus farmer from Pauma Valley, warned the news outlet that the spread of the HSB has just as much of potential to impact local residents who grow fruit in their backyards as large scale commercial growers. The Citrus Research Board offers information on identifying the pests and stopping the spread of disease.