Lousiana, Citrus CPN
Louisiana currently has no program to provide pathogen-tested foundation materials to growers, and there are no plans to replace the LSU AgCenter Citrus Research Station in Port Sulfur, LA that was destroyed by hurricane Katrina in 2005. Growers and nurserymen, therefore, rely on the programs of other states as a source of pathogen tested budwood. With the discovery of Huanglongbing (HLB) in Louisiana in 2008, the need for Louisiana nurserymen and growers to have access to clean budwood is crucial to the survival of the citrus industry here.
The focus of the commercial Louisiana citrus industry is primarily on small-scale production of satsumas (375 acres), navel oranges (418 acres), and other assorted citrus (48 acres) for local markets. However, backyard citrus continues to be an equally significant portion of the Louisiana citrus industry. Additionally, we have a small citrus nursery industry located primarily in Plaquemines Parish that supplies plant materials to commercial growers and homeowners throughout the Gulf Coast region from Louisiana to Alabama.