As the year races to a finish, growers will want to make sure they are up to date on the “food-safety marathon” described in the December issue of Citrus Industry magazine. The University of Florida’s (UF) Travis Chapin, Matt Krug and Michelle Danyluk discuss what growers need to know about the implementation of the Produce Safety Rule. Topics addressed include the extension of agricultural water provisions, product traceability and inspection preparation.
In other regulatory news, UF’s Tara Wade looks at the new electronic logging device mandate going into effect Dec. 16 and how it might impact citrus shipping. She analyzes costs and other concerns and provides a comparison of citrus shipping from Florida, California and Texas.
Readers can take a virtual visit to Brazil’s citrus industry by reading Stephen Futch and Rhuanito Ferrarezi’s report on a recent field trip they took. They describe production, acreage and varieties grown in Brazil, as well as recent changes in the country’s citrus industry. Also included is information on how Brazil is handling HLB.
For something closer to home, Florida growers can learn what varieties are best suited for niche markets and dooryard citrus. UF’s Jude Grosser, Manjul Dutt and Fred Gmiitter discuss the mandarin hybrids, pummelos, acid fruit and finger limes most likely to survive in the HLB world. They also offer tips for growing successful dooryard citrus.
Finally, just in time for the holidays, don’t miss citrus grower Quentin Roe’s poem, “A new beginning,” which was inspired by the Florida citrus freeze of Christmas 1989 and the birth of his son.
Find all these articles and more in the December issue of Citrus Industry magazine, coming soon!
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