Michael Rogers discusses three popular upcoming citrus grower educational meetings: Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute in April, the Florida Citrus Show in May, and Citrus Expo in August. Rogers is director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. UF/IFAS is the primary planner of educational presentations at all three meetings.
The virtual April 6 Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute will be online from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Rogers says the sessions “are mainly pest management focused.” Presentations will address psyllid sprays, root pests and pathogens, biological control of psyllids, Lebbeck mealybug management, individual protective covers, and weed control. Register for the Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute.
The in-person Florida Citrus Show was rescheduled from its usual dates in January to May 12-13 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As usual, the event will be held at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce. Rogers says topics will include new varieties, horticultural management practices, pest and disease management, and new technologies. Learn more about the Florida Citrus Show.
Also returning as an in-person event this year is Citrus Expo, which will run Aug. 18-19 in conjunction with the Vegetable & Specialty Crop Expo at Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers. The event was held virtually last year because of COVID-19, and Rogers says the virtual event worked well. But, he adds, “It’s not the same doing it virtual as in person.” Rogers says there could be more social distancing at Expo this year, but he expects the event to be “fairly close to normal, we hope.” Expo seminar planning began recently.
This interview with Rogers is part of the March All In For Citrus podcast, a joint project of UF/IFAS and AgNet Media. Listen to the full podcast here.
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