In addition to home grown citrus, commercial crops of satsumas, lemons, navel and Louisiana sweet oranges, grapefruit and kumquats are produced in the warm climates of the coastal parishes, primarily in Plaquemines Parish. The gross farm value of all citrus production in Louisiana in 2012 was $5.2 million.
Move It AND Lose It: Louisiana Citrus is at Risk
We need your help to prevent the spread of citrus diseases. You have heard the saying “move it or lose it.” Well, when it comes to citrus trees, we say “Move It AND Lose It.” When you move citrus trees, you risk losing America’s citrus altogether
5 Things You Need to Know
- Be Aware of Quarantines. Currently two parishes are under federal and state quarantine for citrus greening disease – Orleans and Washington – and the entire state is under federal quarantine for Asian citrus psyllid, the tiny insect that spreads the disease from plant to plant. Do not move citrus trees, fruit or trimmings from quarantine areas. Not only are you risking spreading citrus diseases, but it's also against the law.
- Inspect Citrus Plants Regularly for Diseases and Insects. Check citrus plants for signs of citrus diseases. If you detect an infected plant, report it immediately.
- Keep Homegrown Citrus at Home. Help reduce the spread of citrus diseases by not moving your homegrown citrus fruit or plants from quarantine areas.
- Check the Citrus Plant Supplier. Be a savvy buyer. Buy citrus plants only from a reputable, licensed Louisiana nursery.
- Avoid Fines and Penalties. If you knowingly purchase citrus in violation of quarantine regulations and requirements, the penalties could range from $1,100 to $60,000 per violation. If you suspect citrus trees are being moved improperly, report it to your State Plant Health Director's office; you can find contact information online at www.aphis.usda.gov/StateOffices.