- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - University of Florida researchers have invented a way to quickly and accurately count the amount of citrus fruit dropped early, so growers can see where the deadly citrus greening disease is most affecting groves.

Researchers created a device with two cameras and a GPS that snap images from a slow-moving vehicle driving through groves.

With the data from the images, growers can adjust fertilization and irrigation schedules.

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released bleak numbers on Florida’s citrus crop for the 2014-2015 season, reporting a decline in the orange harvest of more than 60 percent since the peak of production.

Much of the decline is due to the deadly citrus greening disease. Greening is spread by a gnat-sized insect called the Asian citrus psyllid.

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