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  •  Well, Ben Hill Griffin, Inc. may go out... (13+ / 0-)

    ...of business soon, if citrus greening has its way with their groves.  Ordinarily I'd feel sorry for them, but now it just feels like karma.

    The road to Hell is paved with pragmatism.

    by TheOrchid on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 12:51:36 PM PDT

    •  Seems appropriate for "TheOrchid" to (2+ / 0-)

      comment here.

    •  I can't find any information about (5+ / 0-)

      the specific pesticide/s overused in this situation, but this 072713 NYT article about citrus greening mentions overuse of pesticides as one of the things growers were using to try to save their harvest -

      [G[rowers in Florida did not like to talk about it, but the industry’s tripling of pesticide applications to kill the bacteria-carrying psyllid was, while within legal limits, becoming expensive and worrisome. One widely used pesticide had stopped working as the psyllid evolved resistance, and Florida’s citrus growers’ association was petitioning one company to lift the twice-a-season restrictions on spraying young trees — increasingly its only hope for an uninfected harvest.
      Read the whole article - as much as some here try equate GMOs with the devil, one just might be the best hope to save the orange.

      Out with the gloomage - in with the plumage!

      by mikidee on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 12:59:44 PM PDT

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      •  Bayer's neurotoxins, just don't tell anyone... (4+ / 0-)

        As my post above (with autism link) about the ubiquitous "can't wash off" systemic neurotoxic insecticide of choice suggests, it is a neonicotinoid. Probably Merit, aka imidacloprid.

        They were spraying for Asian citrus psyllid. For years. Here's the UC Davis pitch to use a neurotoxin that is highly mobile, water soluble, and with effects that are irreversible. (in humans, apathy and lethargy is a side effect of this nerve toxin. If you lose a sense of empathy for others, and drift toward GOP crazy, eat only fruits and veggies you know are organic and not irrigated with water that Bayer and their minions have poisoned.)

        "The most effective systemic treatment is imidacloprid, which persists for several months (depending on tree size and irrigation system) and moves into the new leaves to kill the hard-to-reach immature stages.
        Apply when root growth is occurring (June through September) for best root uptake.
        Apply to soil; it remains effective for 2 to 3 months.
        Imidacloprid requires 3 to 4 weeks for uptake into mature citrus to begin to kill pests.

        Pre-wet soil before treatment is applied. For optimum uptake, apply to newly planted trees or trees irrigated by drip, microsprinkler, low-pressure irrigation systems. Emitters must provide even, uniform distribution of water. Lightly pre-wet soil for several hours before application to break soil surface tension. Once the irrigation system reaches operating pressure, inject the treatment into the system over a calculated time interval (generally 2 hours) to allow uniform distribution throughout the system. The use of a dye marker in the treatment solution is recommended to determine when lines are clear of the treatment. Once the solution has cleared all irrigation lines and emitters, continue irrigation to move the insecticide into the active root zone but do not overirrigate or cause runoff. Wait 24 hours before subsequent irrigations.
        Imidacloprid is toxic to bees; do not apply during bloom because bees may be drawn to irrigation water.

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