From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today issued a crisis declaration to the Environmental Protection Agency in order to help the citrus industry fight citrus greening. His statement is as follows: “We have issued a crisis declaration, which allows for the temporary use of three promising treatments that researchers … Read More
Mike Sparks, executive vice president/CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual (FCM), distributed the following urgent request to the citrus industry this morning. Dear FCM Members and Friends: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently reviewing our industry’s request to grant a Section 18 Emergency Exemption for two bactericides – oxytetracycline and streptomycin. The bactericides are essential in our fight against … Read More
In a message below, Mike Sparks, executive vice president/CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual, reports positive news on the current status of the citrus industry’s agenda items in the legislative session. Dear FCM Board and Members: It’s been a whirlwind 2016 in Tallahassee and with a week left in the scheduled legislative session, I have some very positive news to share.
Bill Easterwood of Yara North America proclaims the numerous benefits of calcium for citrus. He says calcium is the third most important nutrient for citrus. In this interview with Southeast AgNet’s Tacy Callies, Easterwood describes several symptoms of calcium deficiency in citrus and says the nutrient has an influence on the initiation of plant protection mechanisms. Download Audio
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes a report on bactericides from Doug Bournique, and Megan Dewdney discusses anticipated spring fungal diseases that growers will need to cope with. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
Springlike weather in Florida, likely just around the corner, will bring an array of citrus fungal diseases that growers will need to cope with. University of Florida researcher Megan Dewdney reports on some of the diseases that can be expected. Download Audio
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes information on a drastically reduced Florida Department of Citrus budget that growers are proposing as well as results of the Florida Citrus Research Order Referendum. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that Florida’s citrus growers reauthorized the Florida citrus research order in a statutorily required referendum conducted by the department. More than 87 percent of ballots received by the department were in favor of reauthorization.
A group of growers, processors and fresh fruit packers who share a deep concern about the grave economic situation facing the Florida citrus industry have submitted a formal request to Florida Citrus Commission Chairman G. Ellis Hunt Jr. The group is asking for very significant modifications to the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) programs to adapt to the crisis and … Read More
The Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) over the next year will try to find a method of determining what individual citrus grower practices have been successful against HLB, CRDF Chief Operations Officer Harold Browning reports. Download Audio
University of Florida researcher Katherine Hendricks offered citrus black spot control suggestions to about 60 growers attending a fungal diseases seminar last week in Immokalee. She discussed cultural and chemical controls. The seminar was hosted by multi-county citrus Extension agent Mongi Zekri. Download Audio
The Miss Florida Citrus Pageant will be held on March 19 in Winter Haven at Theatre Winter Haven. This is a Miss America preliminary pageant, so contestants must have a talent. The pageant is open to all women between the ages of 17 and 24 that either reside in Florida or attend school in Florida (for at least the past … Read More
Citrus Expo is pleased to announce extended trade show hours for the first day of the event on Wednesday, August 17. The Gulf Citrus Growers Association is moving its annual membership event from Wednesday evening to Tuesday evening this year, as the association celebrates its 30th year. This change allows Citrus Expo to add a special 25th anniversary celebration on … Read More
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes steps to less stressful production and information about how microbes are making a difference in Doug Holmberg’s grove. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
The only changes made in today’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) citrus crop forecast were in Florida. Red grapefruit decreased 3 percent, going from 8.5 million boxes to 8.2 million boxes. The projection for honey tangerines increased from 600,000 boxes to 700,000 boxes, bringing the overall Florida tangerine total to 1.5 million boxes. Download Audio February USDA Citrus Crop Forecast … Read More
EPA Releases Preliminary Risk Assessment for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees From the Environmental Protection Agency: WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to somepollinators. EPA’s assessment, prepared in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when … Read More
Researchers share $4 million USDA grant to attack citrus greening From UF/IFAS: By: Kimberly Moore Wilmoth and Kathleen Haughney GAINESVILLE, Fla. — International researchers, including ones at the University of Florida and Florida State University, are sharing in a $4 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to attack the problem of citrus greening, a disease that has … Read More