Florida’s citrus harvest may be winding down for the season, but tree care continues year-round. The June issue of Citrus Industry magazine includes two timely articles on summer tree care practices.
In the first article, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers Fernando Alferez and Tripti Vashisth discuss techniques to improve fruit quality and yield during summer. Topics include nutrition, strategies to reduce drop, and canopy management.
In the second article, UF/IFAS researchers Vashisth, Megan Dewdney and Lauren Diepenbrock take a closer look at fruit drop during the summer months. They explain the differences between June drop, summer drop and summer-fall drop. Also included are the role fungi and insects play in fruit drop as well as a discussion on HLB and fruit development. The authors give recommendations on reducing drop.
The June issue features a profile on long-time citrus sciences professor Malcolm Manners. As he begins his 40th year of instructing students at Florida Southern College, he reflects on his past and future. Several of his former students share what they learned from him in the article.
Florida growers looking to experiment with new citrus varieties will want to read the June article on the most promising processed orange, grapefruit/pummelo and mandarin selections. Authors Yu Wang, Fred Gmitter, Jude Grosser, Joon Hyuk Suh and Peter Chaires share the results of industry input gathered from recent Citrus Variety Display Days held at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center.
Other highlights of the June issue include the final Citrus State column by retiring UF/IFAS senior vice president Jack Payne, a poem by citrus grower Quentin Roe and an article on orange juice marketing by citrus economist and consultant Allen Morris.
Find all these articles and more in the June issue of Citrus Industry magazine, coming soon.
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