Resource Conservation District
Do Your Part To Protect Ojai Citrus NOW!
Funding is provided by the Thelma Hansen Fund.
Funds are limited - Submit your application now!
The Real Cost of HLB
In the past decade, Huanglongbing (HLB) has been responsible for a 70% decline in the production of oranges for both juice and the fresh fruit market in Florida. As HLB continues to threaten additional states, including California, it is now the largest economic threat to the $3.35 billion U.S. citrus industry. HLB has already spread through much of Southern California, but through the Save Ojai Citrus project VCRCD is aiming to limit that spread in an alternative method to avoid the use of chemical spraying. The reduction of at risk citrus within Ojai will in turn limit the necessity of chemical spraying within the community.
Signs of HLB in Citrus
Yellowing of leaves on an individual limb or sector of a tree's canopy
Asymmetrical pattern of blotchy yellowing or mottling of the leaf with patches of green on one side of the leaf & yellow on the other side
Fruit that is smaller in size and remains green even when ripe
Lopsided, bitter, hard fruit with small, dark aborted seed that may drop prematurely
Chronically infected trees are foliated with small leaves that point upward, have extensive twig and limb dieback
It may take years for symptoms to show.
DON'T WAIT FOR SYMPTOMS, ACT NOW!
Why you NEED to remove ALL of your backyard Citrus!