Daily Irrigation for HLB-Affected Trees

Ernie NeffCitrus, Irrigation

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Davie Kadyampakeni

Daily irrigation is important in managing HLB-affected trees, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) soil scientist told a Citrus Nutrition Day crowd in Bartow on Dec. 11. The researcher, Davie Kadyampakeni, said daily irrigation reduces tree water stress and improves tree water use.

According to Kadyampakeni, keeping water in the top 12 inches of soil improved water use for HLB-affected trees. “About 70 percent of the roots are in the top 12 inches of soil,” he said. The daily irrigation he recommends helps keeps the water in that part of the soil.

Kadyampakeni also made a presentation at the event about improving HLB-affected trees with macronutrients and micronutrients. He noted that soils for citrus-producing regions in Florida are mostly sandy, with low nutrient-holding capacity. Therefore, good nutrient management practices are necessary.

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Ernie Neff

Ernie Neff

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