At this time J.J. Daniels was general manager of the association. Production continued to rise so that by 1966 5.6 million boxes of grapefruit valued at $10,152,000 and 2.8 million boxes of oranges valued at $5,808,000 were forthcoming. The former was a banker at the First National Bank of Mercedes while his business associate, Jones, had banking interests in Mercedes and La Feria and was a regent of the university. Texas citrus on the rise again. Ensign said there’s not anything special about April Fool’s Day when it comes to setting the deadline; it’s just the date dovetails nicely with the end of the commercial growing season. This year Texas produced 2,400,000 boxes of grapefruit valued at $8,016,000 and one million boxes of oranges valued at $3,810,000. Together, our growers produce more than 9 million cartons of fresh grapefruit and oranges each year and another 5 million cartons of juice fruit valued at over $100 million dollars. 1947 and 1948 saw peak harvests only to have orchards devastated by disastrous freezes in 1948 and 1951. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. Together, our growers produce more than 9 million cartons of fresh grapefruit and oranges each year and another 5 million cartons of juice fruit valued at over $100 million dollars. Many fruit-bearing citrus trees such as grapefruit and oranges are actually grafted onto sour orange rootstock, although some sour orange trees are planted decoratively. “Chuy had knowledge about everything, from the soil to the roots, the shape of the fruits and tree health,” Murden said. In Texas and elsewhere, the Mexican fruit fly is unfortunately no stranger, and has posed a threat for 80 years. The Valley’s citrus orchards have shrunk since the prime days of the industry. Though some groves are still coming out of production, unmistakingly the Texas citrus industry is gaining acreage and the future looks bright for the famed Texas red grapefruit and its companion orange crop. Filter location select. In 1952 the association would publish a 48-page booklet titled “Rebuilding the Citrus Industry in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.” It contained 16 relevant articles as steps to return the industry … 9/14/61 Hurricane Carla causes $1,183,000 in losses to Valley citrus and vegetables. It is widely believed that Native Americans It will be the exclusive supplier of gift fruit for Sakowitz of Houston. 1947 The Citrus Center originated in the mid-1940s when a group of local citizens and citrus growers approached the then Texas College of Arts & Industries, Kingsville, with the idea of establishing a research and training facility specializing in citriculture for the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The Texas citrus industry is almost totally located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, with about 85 percent of the acreage in Hidalgo County, 14 percent in Cameron County and only about 1 percent in Willacy County. little more than sleepy border towns. John H. Shary, who commercialized the citrus industry in the area, forever changing the economic landscape of the Rio Grande Valley, built a mansion along Palmhurst’s main road. the agricultural growth of the area. “The Mexican fruit fly does affect our industry because if a fruit fly is found, of course a quarantine goes into place, and if we’re still shipping fruit during that time or that fruit is still on the tree, it becomes an issue for the growers who have fruit in that area,” Ensign said. The total crop value to the grower usually tops $50 million annually. While citrus is a major Texas industry, and the climate is conducive to easily growing these fruits, commercial citrus growers are asking homeowners with these trees to help them in their decades-long war with the Mexican fruit fly. The earliest record of citrus in the Lower Rio Grande Valley was seedling orange trees planted by Don Macedonio Vela at the Laguna Seca Ranch in 1882. We are committed to high quality and superior Texas-Style customer service that continues, just as our founder Bobby Bell expects it. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. Texas citrus growers are particularly concerned with a fruit variety most people don’t even know they have. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. Its owner Lawrence Alberti of Chicago is to die at age 67 on 10/16/60. Our History. According to the Texas Citrus Mutual, there are only about 30,000 acres of citrus orchards left in the region. In addition to citrus fruits, the Valley produces a wide variety of vegetables as well as cotton and sugarcane. life upon them. Many of the settlers Spain's King Carlos II, perceived the French “There are a lot of sour orange trees out in the Valley and nobody would pick those and eat them. When he died in 1945, his body was buried at the mausoleum located in the Shary Chapel across from his house. With information provided by Joan Jones the formation of the Texas A&I Citrus Center is clarified. “He loved telling us about where the groves used to be,” Gomez said. “He would take out his pocket knife and open whatever fruit it was and teach you all about it,” Gomez said. He was a Rotary Club member, past president of the Lions Club of Harlingen, and a deacon of the First Baptist Church. least 11,000 years. and launched 10 expeditions trying to locate In addition to Americans “The groves were his heart,” Gomez, 46, said. As a result of the fact that no vast riches were In 1514 he was Buildings were acquired from the deactivated Harlingen Army Air Field and by 1948 the Center was in operation. “When you got inside his truck, you always had to pick up a grapefruit or orange or whatever fruit there was and toss it to the other seat,” she remembered, laughing. A graduate of Harlingen High School in the early 1930s he attended San Marcos Baptist Academy and Texas A& M University. Harlingen’s August rainfall totaled 4.52”. Our 4th Annual Forage Field Day is scheduled for October 8th 2020 via Zoom from 9:00am-11:30am. ► Transition From Spanish Texas to Mexican Texas, ► The Texas Revolution and The Mexican American War, ► Early Development of the RGV as an Agricultural Center, Bentsen-Rio Two devastating freezes in the 1980s, urbanization, marketing conditions and other factors drastically reduced the number of acres devoted to citrus in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas… Initially the university utilized an established orchard jointly owned by Shelly Hale Collier Sr. and John Jones Sr. Ft. St. Louis. 1/30/59 a severe freeze destroys 3 million of the Valley’s 12 million trees. The vast majority of citrus fruit grown in Texas is produced in the Rio Grande Valley. Bradley Standley Crockett, Jr. was born in Mercedes 8/6/35. Chuy, like most of those Valley orchards, is gone now, leaving nothing but fond memories and good fruit. His wife, Mary E. O’Brien, was laid to rest there as well. Chuy would drive around town in his truck, easy to spot because of its Ruby Red Grapefruit vanity plate, talking cattle and horses and rodeos with his friends.