Sneak Peek: December 2020 Citrus Industry

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December

The ability to adapt is essential in growing citrus. John Gose, the cover story subject in the December issue of Citrus Industry magazine, knows this to be true. With nearly 40 years of citrus-growing experience at Lykes Bros., Gose has had to adapt to many changes during his career. Learn how he is adapting to citrus greening and the contributions he is making to help ensure the future of the Florida citrus industry.

Growers are certainly no strangers to adapting to new regulations. The latest change in rules involves new record-keeping requirements for the application of nitrogen and phosphorous. The new regulation applies to those enrolled in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Best Management Practices program. A question-and-answer article in the December issue explains everything citrus growers need to know about the change.

While new grove technologies can potentially save time, labor and inputs, learning and adapting to technology sometimes can be challenging. Growers need to weigh the costs and benefits carefully. An article on applications using unmanned aerial vehicles and artificial intelligence explains the latest high-tech tools for citrus production and how they could benefit growers.

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Something everyone has had to adapt to this year is the reality of COVID-19. An in-depth article, “Managing COVID-19 risks in the citrus industry,” provides a wealth of resources for citrus businesses to keep their workers safe.

One day, if scientists are successful in abolishing citrus greening, growers will readily adapt their production practices. Research involving the gene-editing technique known as CRISPR is aimed at creating trees immune to citrus greening. Learn more about the progress of these research efforts in an article authored by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers.

You’ll find these articles and more in the December issue of Citrus Industry magazine, coming soon.

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Tacy Callies

Tacy Callies

Editor of Citrus Industry magazine