Cold-Tolerant Citrus for Southeastern Growers

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The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) will host the Cold-Tolerant Citrus Production for the Southeastern Coastal Plain educational program for growers. The event will take place Dec. 13 at the Suwannee Valley Agriculture Extension Center in Live Oak, Florida.

“It’s an educational event for people that are interested in producing cold-tolerant citrus,” said Clay Olson, county Extension director for UF/IFAS. He said the program is geared mainly for commercial producers, but will be helpful for those wanting to start small operations as well.

Event activities will include hands-on training on how to plant trees and how to calibrate sprayers. There will also be a discussion on the best ways growers have found to combat pests and diseases.

Many industry leaders will be presenting at the event, including Peter Andersen, a horticulture professor at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center. He will be discussing findings from variety trials.

Andy Jackson, a grower in Perry, Florida, said he is excited for the discussions, hands-on activities and information about spray programs. Since spray programs change frequently, knowing what growers are doing is helpful. The current state of the citrus industry has created a challenging situation for everyone involved, which is why Jackson said information and discussion among industry leaders is so important.

Get more information and register for the Cold-Tolerant Citrus Production for the Southeastern Coastal Plain event here.

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