New citrus technology and tried-and-true techniques are among the article topics in the May issue of Citrus Industry magazine.
Yiannis Ampatzidis, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) assistant professor, discusses several ways artificial intelligence is being used to improve citrus production and reduce negative environmental impacts. Among the topics he covers in his article are automated field scouting methods and precision application of inputs.
UF/IFAS researchers are studying trunk injection as an alternative delivery method of crop protection materials. Ute Albrecht and Leigh Archer explains the principles, pros and cons of trunk injection. Although this method currently is not labeled for most registered crop protection materials used in bearing citrus trees, there is potential for future use.
Available strategies growers can use today to improve their management of young citrus trees can be found in the May issue. Davie Kadyampakeni and Sandra Guzmán of UF/IFAS give growers tips on techniques that can optimize irrigation. Reflective mulch, plastic-fabric groundcovers, soil moisture sensors, weather stations, apps and fertigation are some of the suggested tools.
If you have ever struggled with figuring out why a pesticide application failed, be sure to read this month’s CEU Central article. “When a pesticide doesn’t work,” by Juanita Popenoe, explores several reasons this problem can occur. Growers who take and pass the accompanying test will earn one continuing education unit in the Core category toward the restricted-use pesticide license in Florida.
Read these articles and more in the May issue of Citrus Industry magazine, coming soon. Sign up here for a free subscription to the magazine.