August’s All In For Citrus podcast includes some exciting updates from the recent Citrus Expo!
First, Michael Rogers, director of the Citrus Research and Education Center, summarizes the good grower responses that the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences( UF/IFAS) received about the seminar program at Citrus Expo. He discusses the new Hands-on Session that attracted a full house on the second day of Expo. “They (growers) thought it was very worthwhile to stick around and participate,” he says. Finally, Rogers summarizes a new program he introduced at Expo, in which UF/IFAS will fund nutrition sampling to encourage growers to conduct soil and leaf samples.
Next, Mongi Zekri, multi-county citrus Extension agent, discusses the effectiveness of covers on young trees in the fight against citrus greening. Zekri talks about the material of the tree covers and whether he thinks they are worth the extra cost for growers.
Lastly, Ute Albrecht, a citrus physiologist at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, talks about her work with rootstocks. She explains what rootstocks are and why growers should keep an eye on her research. She also summarizes the presentation she gave at the recent Citrus Expo. If you could not make it to her presentation at Expo, listen to the August podcast to get up-to-date.
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