One thing we’ve noticed in our area Florida is that some grapefruit groves seem to do well, even in the shadow of citrus greening disease. Many of our young grapefruit trees look green and healthy. We’d like to see more production, and hopefully that will come soon. The photo shows healthy-looking trees in the Lakeland area. If you get closer, you do notice a few minor signs of disease in the leaves here and there. But overall, you’d have to say this grove looks pretty good. Time will tell, though, because we’ve seen anything can change on a dime with this disease.
As a test to see how well olives trees do in Florida, we retrofit several olives into existing citrus groves. We have had them under the same production program as the citrus trees for almost a year. As you can see in the photo, they are doing well.
• Aperture:ƒ/2.2• Camera:iPhone 6 Plus• Taken:September 26, 2015• Focal length:4.15mm• ISO:32• Shutter speed:1/1412s
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It’s been a little on the dry side out here in the Florida citrus groves the last few weeks but it looks like were getting some much needed rain coming in today. The forecast says were looking at perhaps two or three days of rain, which will really be a help for sizing up the fruit.