Florida Grower Citrus Show Agenda Set

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Researchers Mark Ritenour and Sandra Guzmán with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) outline the agenda for the Florida Grower Citrus Show on Jan. 26-27 in Fort Pierce. Ritenour and Guzmán, both of the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center, will be presenters at the show.

Ritenour will discuss maximum residue tolerances for fruit going to the Korean market.

Guzmán will make two presentations, including one about harvest and yield data from groundcover experiments in lemon groves. That experiment is evaluating the efficiency of groundcovers in saving irrigation water and possibly enhancing yield. “The results are very promising,” Guzmán says. “The groundcovers could be something that could be easily implemented into the field.”

Other topics to be addressed at the show include industry and market outlooks, large-scale grapefruit trials, entomology management, phosphorus science research, sap flow analysis, plant breeding updates and rootstock performance. Additional topics include oak mulch research, therapeutics delivery, micronutrients on HLB-affected grapefruit trees, water cost-share collaborations, gibberellic acid, fungicides, precision agriculture research and citrus under protective screen.

The show will include several panel discussions addressing solutions in the grove, Citrus Research and Field Trial (CRAFT) projects and fruit drop.   

“The in-person networking, you just can’t replace it,” says Ritenour. “There’s nothing like networking and one-to-one interaction … bantering back and forth.”

The show, which focuses primarily on Indian River citrus issues, will be held at the Havert L. Fenn Center. See the full agenda.

This interview with Guzmán and Ritenour is part of the December episode of the All In For Citrus podcast, a joint project of UF/IFAS and AgNet Media. Listen to the podcast here.

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