Satsuma mandarin is an emerging industry in Alabama and the Gulf Coast States. Strong industry and state support is promoting industry growth with much research being conducted to develop new markets. One highly successful market development has been the federally funded Farm to School program. About one-fourth of the 2003 and 2004 Satsuma mandarin crop was sold to the Alabama School systems. The Alabama Satsuma Citrus IPM Program was initiated in 2003 to facilitate the development and implementation of IPM strategies for the crop in the state. IPM-related activities conducted in 2004 include grower education and training, and evaluation of alternative pest management strategies such as pest monitoring tactics, biological control and reduced risk pesticides. Grower implementation of IPM is vital to the survival of the budding Alabama Satsuma citrus industry and will reduce worker risks, decrease the residues of toxic pesticides on fresh market citrus and the environment, and reduce exposure of school children to harmful pesticides. The Alabama Satsuma Citrus IPM Program is coordinated by Dr. Henry Fadamiro, Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Auburn University.
This program was recently highlighted by the Southern Region IPM Center as an example of a successful IPM program.