Other oranges he grows produce about 300 boxes per acre, he says. He reports that HLB has reduced production about 35 percent over the past three to four years.
When asked about the cause of the good production, Mixon responds: “Well, I don’t know. A lot of it I attribute to the good Lord, because he grows them, he owns them; I don’t. I’m just his servant and caretaker.”
Like most Florida growers this year, Mixon has used bactericides in his groves. “What we’ve seen now looks great,” he says. “We look better than we did two or three years ago … But the thing of it is, we don’t know if it’s all bactericides.” He explains that the weather could be contributing strongly to good grove conditions. “We had a good growing season; everything looked real good. But we’re getting into the dry season now. We’ll know in the next two or three months how much result the bactericides had for us. Right now we don’t have that much drop. But if this weather starts going back, it (fruit) might start falling on the ground. We don’t know. It’s just a wait-and-see situation.”
The October 27 grower forum in Arcadia was hosted by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association.
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