Agriculture

Citrus disease, insects causing concern for growers

Citrus harvest is in full swing in Louisiana, and people are enjoying the sweetness of satsumas, but some have complained about internal dry rot of fruit this year.
Mature fruit looks otherwise healthy from the outside, but internal dry rot can be seen after peeling the fruit, said LSU AgCenter “Plant Doctor” Raj Singh.
“This internal dry rot is caused by a yeast called Nematospora coryli, which is transmitted by the western leaf-footed bug,” Singh said.

Harvesting sugarcane in St. Mary Parish. (Photo by Colin Murphey/Franklin Banner-Tribune)

Sugarcane is one of agriculture’s sustainable crops

During this time of year in St. Mary Parish, the sugarcane industry is highly visible. From truck-after-truck lumbering down parish roads and highways, to combines chewing up row after row of towering cane stalks, to steam belching out from sugar mills and fields lit  on fire, the cane industry is in full swing.
And while many St. Mary Parish residents may look forward to the end of the cane harvest and all the activity associated with the cane industry, what they may not know is the positive impact and lack of negative impact the industry actually has on the region.

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