It’s no secret that the most damaging pest in Florida citrus is the Asian citrus psyllid. But there are other bugs growers need to watch out for, too. The January issue of Citrus Industry magazine takes a look at current pests of concern and offers management methods.
An article on HLB reduction strategies focuses on tools growers can use to avoid Asian citrus psyllids, including citrus under protective screen and individual protective covers. The article also looks at other important means of management, such as metalized mulch, improved spray timing and more.
University of Florida entomologist Lauren Diepenbrock discusses citrus leafminers and root weevils in her January article. She offers tips and resources growers can use to deal with these pests in their groves.
Besides pest management, the January issue of Citrus Industry covers another key topic of concern: food safety. Now is the time for growers, harvesters and packers of fresh citrus to prepare for implementation of the Produce Safety Rule. See the January issue for recommendations on how to become compliant with the new rule and where to get the required training.
Another item not to miss in the next issue of the magazine is a feature on the newest Florida Citrus Hall of Fame members. Find out who they are and get the details on the induction ceremony luncheon.
Finally, Citrus Industry is pleased to welcome back the popular Pieces of the Past column in the magazine. In celebration of Citrus Industry’s upcoming 100th anniversary, Brenda Eubanks Burnette will take a look back at an old issue of the magazine each month. In January, she shows us how the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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