Growers have always left the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) booth at Citrus Expo with much information they can use in the grove. This year, the UF/IFAS citrus staff hopes to make a visit to the booth even more fruitful.
“In the past, we have had two large booths and it has had many posters,” says Jamie Burrow, UF/IFAS Extension program manager. UF/IFAS will change the booth format to make it more spacious. Posters will still be there, but much content will also be offered in a digital format, “making it into 3-minute-or-less videos” that can be watched at the booth, Burrow says. Additionally, all the information contained on posters and videos will be placed in a booklet that growers can take with them. “This is all information that growers can use now” in their groves, she says.
Another book available to growers at the booth will contain a summary of citrus research being conducted by UF/IFAS. “You can see what is coming down the pipeline in our research,” Burrow says. That booklet will contain research underway at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, the Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce, the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee and on the main university campus in Gainesville.
Also this year, UF/IFAS entomologists will have a small section in the booth equipped with microscopes so they can help growers identify insects.
Last but not least, growers stopping by the UF/IFAS booth can pick up the recently updated Citrus Production Guide, Burrow reports.
Citrus Expo will be held Aug. 18-19 at Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, Florida.
This interview with Burrow is featured in the July All In For Citrus podcast, a joint project of UF/IFAS and AgNet Media. Listen to the full podcast here.
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