CANKER HITS MORE GROVES, RESIDENCES
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) announced Monday (February 14) that about two percent of the commercial citrus trees in St. Lucie and Indian River counties were scheduled to be destroyed, because they were either infected with or exposed to citrus canker.
Denise Feiber, FDACS public information director, said that percentage represents about 319,000 trees on 2,500 acres. Some of the largest producers in the region own groves affected including Consolidated Citrus, Becker Holding Co. and Evans Properties.
State and USDA inspectors continue to comb the state for evidence
of the disease, which was most likely spread by hurricanes and
equipment contamination. State officials announced Thursday they
had discovered canker on a single grapefruit tree between two
infected groves approximately 13 miles west of Ft. Pierce and
on two trees located on residential properties in Fellsmere.