Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute Returns

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The annual Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute, hosted by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension, will be held on April 6. The event will be delivered via a Zoom webinar from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

“We hope to reach a broad audience despite the limits imposed on us because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Oswalt, citrus Extension agent for Hillsborough and Polk counties. 

The program, traditionally held at South Florida State College in Avon Park, returns after quickly being moved online in 2020 because of COVID-19 pandemic limitations on large gatherings. Limitations on large-scale events are still in force, so planners again opted for a virtual meeting in 2021.

Institute attendees may earn continuing education units for their restricted-use pesticide license and the Certified Crop Adviser designation.

Here’s the agenda:

8:30 a.m. Sign in to Zoom webinar

8:55 a.m Welcome and introductions

9:00 a.m. Evaluating Normal Thresholds as Decision Making Guides for Psyllid Sprays – Lukasz Stelinski, UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC)

9:30 a.m. Managing Root Pests and Pathogens in Young Trees with HLB – Larry Duncan, UF/IFAS CREC

10:00 a.m. Applied Biological Control Research for Managing Asian Citrus Psyllid – Jawwad Qureshi, UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC)

10:30 a.m. Incorporating Lebbeck Mealybug Management with Current Management Programs – Lauren Diepenbrock, UF/IFAS CREC

11:00 a.m. Individual Protective Covers’ Influence on Tree Performance, Fruit Production, Pests and Diseases – Fernando Alferez, UF/IFAS SWFREC

11:30 a.m. Keeping Weeds in Check – Updates for Tree-Rows and Row-Middles – Ramdas Kanissery, UF/IFAS SWFREC

12 p.m. Adjourn

Get more information on the program and register here.

Source: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.


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