Workshop to Focus on Irrigation and Nutrition

Josh McGill Education, Irrigation, Nutrition

Citrus growers depend on the latest information about best irrigation and nutrition strategies for growing productive trees. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers will share recent results regarding optimal crop management at a workshop and field visit opportunity on Feb. 8 at the Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) in Lake Alfred.

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Davie Kadyampakeni, assistant professor of soil and water sciences, and Chris Oswalt, UF/IFAS Extension citrus agent, along with other UF/IFAS researchers, will make presentations about their findings. Topics will include integrated nutrient management and crop protection strategies to improve root health, canopy size, juice quality and fruit yield in bearing orange trees. The workshop will provide information about optimal irrigation scheduling and fertilizer timing strategies and irrigation/fertilizer application amounts for both young and mature trees.

The morning session includes presentations about a smartphone irrigation app for young tree irrigation scheduling, irrigation management strategies for mature trees affected by HLB, season-long timing of fertilization to match citrus trees’ nutrient demands, and impacts of macro- and micro-nutrients on root health, yield and juice quality. The afternoon will include a field visit to view how these strategies are used in a grove.

The event is designed for commercial citrus growers. The fee is $40 and includes refreshments, a barbecue lunch and printed workbook of materials. The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs to 2 p.m. Register here.

For questions or registration information, contact Jamie Burrow at the CREC.

Source: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

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