is part of the Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

  • American Agriculturist
  • Beef Producer
  • Corn and Soybean Digest
  • Dakota Farmer
  • Delta Farm Press
  • Farm Futures
  • Farm Industry news
  • Indiana Prairie Farmer
  • Kansas Farmer
  • Michigan Farmer
  • Missouri Ruralist
  • Nebraska Farmer
  • Ohio Farmer
  • Prairie Farmer
  • Southeast Farm Press
  • Southwest Farm Press
  • The Farmer
  • Wallaces Farmer
  • Western Farm Press
  • Western Farmer Stockman
  • Wisconsin Agriculturist
Inspecting a high density microbudded citrus orchard near Mission are l to r Dr Juan Anciso Dr Mani Skaria and Barbara Storz
<p>Inspecting a high density, micro-budded citrus orchard near Mission are (l to r) Dr. Juan Anciso, Dr. Mani Skaria and Barbara Storz.</p> <p> </p>

“Orange Revolution” encouraged by retired plant pathologist

A Texas A&amp;M plant pathologist has encouraged citrus producers to follow in the footsteps of the Dr. Norman Borlaug and create an &ldquo;Orange Revolution&rdquo; to improve productivity.

A Texas A&M plant pathologist has encouraged citrus producers to follow in the footsteps of the Dr. Norman Borlaug and create an “Orange Revolution” to improve productivity.

Five years ago, Dr. Mani Skaria, then a plant pathologist at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center at Weslaco, encouraged the citrus growers he worked with to think outside the box.

Too many factors, including exotic diseases, high land prices and urbanization, were slowly squeezing veteran citrus growers out of the business, he said. The citrus industry wasn’t doing well and it was time for growers to change their longtime cultural practices.

 

If you are enjoying reading this article, please check out Southwest Farm Press Daily and receive the latest news right to your inbox.

 

Skaria’s revolution, named after Dr. Norman Borlaug’s Green Revolution and his life-saving wheat improvement projects of the mid-20th century, called for growers to switch to high-density planting using micro-budded trees that produce fruit quickly.

 

Also of interest on Southwest Farm Press:

Disease Management in Citrus Orchards in California, Florida and Texas

Citrus greening prediction tool discussed in free webcast

New emergency citrus quarantine in Texas Valley

Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish