Laurie Hurner, Highlands County Extension director and citrus agent, summarizes grower discussions about bactericides for HLB at a roundtable event on June 8 in Sebring. She says most growers seem to be using the products. “Some of them are having to make decisions to cut out or change other production practices, other inputs, to make room in their budgets for bactericides; but they’re willing to do it,” she says. Hurner adds that growers seem to know the bactericides are not a “silver bullet” for HLB, but a way to help survive it until better solutions come along. “I think there’s still a lot of questions that they want answered,” she says, including what to mix with the bactericides and how best to apply them.
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