It is that time of year again in which citrus farmers, enthusiasts, researchers and scientists from all over California make their way to designated areas of the state. These cities are chosen locations where those interested can learn about new research in the area of citrus plants, share information on the types of pests they deal with, and much more.
In the state of California, data collected from about 4,300 citrus growers shows an estimated 9,800 acres is dedicated to grapefruits, 47,000 to lemons, 129,000 to navel oranges, 34,000 to Valencia oranges, and 52,000 to Mandarins and Mandarin hybrids. So it is no surprise that the citrus farming/growing industry plays an important part of the local economy in which the acreages are located.
This year the City of Temecula will be amongst the three cities chosen to host this three day educational event. The annual Citrus Growers Seminar set for the last week of June is hosted by the Citrus Research Board every year.
The Citrus Research Board held a series of seminars for citrus growers in the California area with a focus on new information on pest and pest control, citrus diseases, rootstock updates and other new but pertinent data and information, as well as things to look forward to that would be beneficiary to local citrus growers of California, or just someone who enjoys gardening and plants in their backyard.
The seminars all began at 8 a.m. and went on until noon at each location, with registration opening at 7:30 a.m. Each of the three chosen locations had its own special speaker which included a renowned research entomologist and director of a local research and extension center, several professors from several area universities to speak on the topic of citrus, diseases that affect crops, pest control, and what to expect in the coming future in regards to this field, and much more.
This event was also a way for other citrus farmers/growers and researchers to share their tips, tricks, pest control in California and their specific regions like the Temecula area, what they are working on and of course a chance to mingle, socialize and build connections with like-minded individuals.
The seminar held at the City of Temecula was held at the Temecula City Hall conference room on the last day of the three day seminar series. Amongst the speakers throughout the three day informative series, one of the speakers that presented information at the Temecula meeting was a California farm advisor. This advisor and former expert in the area of subtropical horticulture from the University of California spoke and presented important information, findings, and date about citrus growing and region specific information about citrus plants and updates.
Although all three events are free, attendees were asked to RSVP.