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Possible citrus canker found in Polk County

Associated Press
Published May 19, 2005

FROSTPROOF - Possible citrus canker has been found in young trees taken from a nursery in what may be the first case of the disease in citrus-rich Polk County since a 10-year-old outbreak originated in the Miami area.

Workers with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have taken samples for testing from a 14-acre nursery in Frostproof owned by Ben Hill Griffin Inc., one of the state's largest growers.

"All the indications are we're dealing with citrus canker," said Richard Gaskalla, executive director of the department's Division of Plant Industry.

State officials are tracing all the trees that left the nursery during the past several months. Polk County, with 11-million trees, is the largest citrus-producing county in Florida.

[Last modified May 19, 2005, 00:42:10]

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