The California Citrus Quality Council (CCQC) is contacting the industry with information on how to comply with the Korea and China export protocols.

Increased rainfall has triggered the need for a second copper application for Korea (Septoria spot) and China (Phytophthora) in all counties with the exception of Kern, Imperial, and eastern and western Riverside / San Bernardino counties.  All San Joaquin Valley counties except for Kern County and all coastal citrus producing counties should make a copper application by Feb. 15 if that acreage is expected to be exported to Korea or China.

Alternative fungicides can be applied for Septoria spot and Phytophthora in place of copper.

The previous deadline of February 8 for Tulare and San Luis Obispo counties are still in place.

The CCQC will continue to monitor environmental conditions to determine if and when additional applications are needed in the counties that haven’t yet reached the application threshold.

Please contact Jim Cranney by telephone at (530) 885-1894 or via e-mail at jcranney@ccqc.org if you have questions or need additional information.