This month’s All In For Citrus podcast focuses on the upcoming Citrus & Specialty Crop Expo scheduled for Aug. 17–18 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, Florida. Michael Rogers, director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Citrus Research and Education Center, said the university’s citrus research team worked hard to develop a program that growers can put to work in their groves today.
Scott Angle, UF/IFAS leader and senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, will kick off the citrus educational session on Wednesday afternoon with a research update from the university and the priority to fight HLB.
Tripti Vashith, UF/IFAS associate professor of horticultural sciences, led the development of the Expo’s citrus educational program. She said there’s a lot of information packed into the sessions. New information will be presented on the role fire ants play in Asian citrus psyllid management. There’s also emerging information regarding the interaction of the HLB bacteria within citrus trees that will be addressed during the sessions.
Jamie Burrow, UF/IFAS Extension program manager, joined the podcast to preview the offerings at the UF/IFAS citrus booth on the Expo trade show floor. It is a large booth with many interactive educational tools and plenty of resources for citrus growers. Burrow encourages growers to stop by and pick up a summary of citrus research currently underway. The document, called Keeping Florida Citrus Growers Informed: A Summary of UF/IFAS Citrus Research, was a popular new item last year at the Expo. It has been updated and includes summaries of more than 80 citrus research projects being conducted by the university.
The Citrus & Specialty Crop Expo is a great event to learn, network and see all the latest products and services growers need to produce a crop. Register today!
Also in the podcast, Rogers previewed a webinar scheduled for July 22 on the latest research on trunk injection of oxytetracycline to control HLB in trees. Ute Albrecht, a plant physiologist with UF/IFAS, will lead the online presentation.
Hear more about the Expo in the July episode of the All In For Citrus podcast. The podcast is a joint project of UF/IFAS and AgNet Media.
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