New Cell Phone App Helps Stop Citrus Diseases

The new cell phone application is called, Save Our Citrus. The free app was created by the U.S Department of Agriculture to provide everyone with information about the Asian Citrus Psyllid and the disease it can carry. Users can identify and report possible citrus pests and diseases with a simple touch of their screen.

"You don't need to know what the bug looks like. This app has descriptions and photos of what happens to the actual tree so you can actually report. You can get the GPS location and send it right to the authorities," said Ben McFarland executive director of the Kern County Farm Beureau.

The Asian Citrus Psyllid carries a disease which causes the fruit to become dry and bitter and the tree dies. Citrus ranks as the No. 5 money maker in Kern County. The industry generated $487 million in 2010, said McFarland.

"We know that it is coming and we are definitely... going to be ready for it," said John Gless, executive director of Gless Ranch.

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