Citrus Production Guide Available

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The 2020-2021 Florida Citrus Production Guide is now available. See the online version of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences resource. Hard copies of the guide can be obtained at local UF/IFAS Extension county offices. Get the list of citrus Extension agents here. It is always best to email or call the agent ahead of time to check that the office is open and the guides are waiting for you.

The updated publication includes the latest technical advice on citrus greening disease, tree nutrition, grove management and other aspects of Florida citrus cultivation. The 264-page document is a comprehensive reference meant to assist growers in development and management of citrus groves in Florida, said Lauren Diepenbrock, a UF/IFAS entomology assistant professor and a member of the guide’s editorial team.

Topics covered in the guide include planting, irrigation, fertilization, weed control, insect management and disease management, Diepenbrock said. The guide was previously known as the Florida Citrus Pest Management Guide, but the name was changed a few years ago, after the content was expanded, she said. About 50 UF/IFAS personnel contributed to the latest edition.

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“Each year, we update the guide with new information as it becomes available, so that we can continue to meet the needs of our growers as we learn about and/or develop new tools and strategies for citrus production,” Diepenbrock said.

Growers in years past had their first chance to pick up the new guide at the annual Citrus Expo in North Fort Myers. That event went virtual this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so distribution plans for the guide were adjusted. During the virtual two-day event that took place Aug. 19-20, more than 1,100 participants logged into the Citrus Expo and Vegetable & Specialty Crop Expo to view the educational seminar programs and interact with vendors and event sponsors. Learn more about this year’s virtual Expo.

Source: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

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