Written by Julie Silva Friday, 22 August 2014 10:13
WESLACO–Citrus growers must be proactive to save the $150 million Rio Grande Valley industry as a deadly disease continues to spread in the region, representatives of Texas Citrus Mutual emphasized at a news conference Wednesday.
Florida recently reported 80 percent of its trees are infected with citrus greening, threatening the $9 billion industry in the state.
Meanwhile, Ray Prewett, president of Texas Citrus Mutual said in the last few days, 130 newly infected trees have been identified, most in one or two groves. That brings the total confirmed infected trees to nearly 640.