In the June episode of the All In For Citrus podcast, Michael Rogers, director of the Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC), speaks live and on-the-scene during the Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference in Bonita Springs. He said the great turnout for the event, hosted by Florida Citrus Mutual, is indicative of the fighting spirit of the state’s citrus growers.
Rogers also addressed new information related to the use of gibberellic acid that growers have been using to improve fruit retention on citrus trees. There have been some label changes that will provide growers more flexibility with applications of the product. The changes were approved based upon the research of Tripti Vashisth, associate professor of horticultural sciences with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) CREC.
Brandon White, UF/IFAS multi-crop Extension agent, also joined the June podcast to discuss the importance of soil and irrigation water pH and their impact on nutrition programs in citrus. He gave insights on where the sweet spot is when it comes to pH and citrus.
It is officially summer in Florida. Extreme heat can impact citrus trees as well as workers. Amir Rezazadeh, UF/IFAS fruit and field crops Extension agent, discusses this topic in the podcast. He gives tips on mitigating heat stress on citrus trees and ways to keep human labor safe when the temperatures rise.
Hear more on these topics in the June episode of the All In For Citrus podcast. The podcast is a joint project of UF/IFAS and AgNet Media.
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