Citrus Greening Disease in California and August Pork Exports Steady
**California citrus growers remain vigilant after agricultural officials confirmed one region’s first finding of an insect carrying the HLB bacteria, which kills citrus trees.
The discovery is a concern because Ventura County remains the state’s top producer of lemons and other citrus fruits.
The infected Asian citrus psyllid was found Sept. 19 in a residential citrus tree in Santa Paula.
It tested positive for the HLB pathogen, also known as citrus greening disease.
**August U.S. pork exports were steady compared to last year and led by another tremendous performance in Mexico.
Data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation shows exports to Mexico remained at a record pace and set a value record in August at $211.7 million.
Exports also trended higher year-over-year to Japan, Canada, Central America, the Dominican Republic, Oceania, and Taiwan.
**The Agricultural Marketing Information System’s October “Market Monitor” report says that fertilizer prices were mostly higher in September, as were the prices for the main fertilizer inputs.
Farm Policy News says price movements for several fertilizer categories were influenced by strength in the Indian market and uncertainty around exports from China.
AMIS says these two countries will be a major influence on market developments as will demand for the fall application season.