Seminar to Address Fruit Drop Questions

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Citrus fruit drop before harvest has been a perennial problem for Florida growers but has been particularly challenging this season.

Tripti Vashisth and Fernando Alferez of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) will present their latest research on fruit drop and answer questions from growers in a Zoom seminar on Feb. 16. The seminar is sponsored by UF/IFAS Extension citrus agent Mongi Zekri and UF/IFAS Associate Director for Stakeholder Relations Gene McAvoy.

Vashisth will share new information on what causes preharvest fruit drop and possible strategies to mitigate the problem. Alferez will discuss how the physiology associated with fruit drop on HLB-affected trees is an opportunity to use new tools that assist in controlling it and improving yield.

“Fruit drop has been a big concern this harvest season. Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done once the fruit starts to fall down. With this seminar we aim to provide the latest information to growers to make educated decisions in grove management to potentially minimize fruit drop,” said Vashisth, who has been studying the variations of fruit drop each growing season.

At the end of the seminar, the researchers will have a round-table discussion on fruit drop where growers can bring their questions for direct consultation with them.

The digital seminar will be held on Feb. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Growers interested in attending should register in advance here. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The seminar qualifies for one continuing education unit (CEU) for pesticide license renewal and/or one CEU for certified crop advisers.

Source: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences