“I am confident that researchers will find a cultural solution for the Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing disease before the California citrus industry enters a state of decline,” says Kevin Severns, a second-generation California Navel orange grower.
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Kevin Severns, citrus grower and leader, Sanger, Calif., believes research solutions will be found to manage the Asian citrus psyllid pest and its vectored disease Huanglongbing before HLB gains a major foothold in California commercial citrus.</p>
Huanglongbing disease is a potential death sentence for the western citrus industry, says Kevin Severns. Industry engagement can prevent a disaster from happening.</p>
Severns says it is good news that a second case of HLB has not been found in California since the first find in March in a Los Angeles-area residential area.</p>
Kevin Severns is the second-generation Severns family member to manage the Orange Cove – Sanger Citrus packinghouse. His father, Gayle Severns, managed the packinghouse from 1970 to 1983.</p>
Tulare and Fresno counties, respectively, are California’s two largest citrus-producing counties.</p>