August brings the biggest issue of Citrus Industry magazine of the year! That’s due to the annual Citrus, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Expo on Aug. 18-19 in North Fort Myers, Florida. The August issue serves as the show guide to the event and includes the seminar schedule, an exhibitor directory and everything attendees need to make the most of the Expo. Preregistration is available at CitrusExpo.net.
In addition to the Expo guide, the August issue features a host of helpful articles for growers.
An article about the relationship between citrus canopy health and HLB tolerance shows some surprising results. University of Florida (UF) authors Amit Levy and Tripti Vashisth detail their findings on bacteria levels and phloem plugging in leaves, roots and seeds. They also look at what factors affect yield.
Growers in need of a continuing education unit toward the Florida restricted-use pesticide license will want to read the August CEU Central feature. UF Extension agent Matt Smith’s article has some important reminders on what applicators need to do before they spray. After reading the article and passing the accompanying test, growers will earn one CEU in the Core category.
What ever happened to growing navel oranges in Florida? Find out in grower Pete Spyke and emeritus UF professor Bill Castle’s article. They discuss the prospects for navel oranges and offer some production advice.
Many growers are using individual protective covers (IPCs) to safeguard new trees from psyllids, but this practice adds to already high production costs. New UF research is assessing whether all trees in a new block need to be covered or if certain layouts of IPCs on a limited number of trees will provide adequate protection. Learn more about the project from the team at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center.
Diplodia stem-rot used to primarily be a postharvest problem in Florida citrus, but with HLB it has become a preharvest concern now, too. Find out about the latest research efforts to tackle this challenge.
Find all these articles and more in the August issue of Citrus Industry magazine, coming soon.
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