The September issue of Citrus Industry magazine centers on two topics: citrus under protective screen (CUPS) research and a wrap-up from the Citrus & Specialty Crop Expo.
Three articles cover the latest CUPS findings from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
An article by Arnold Schumann and his colleagues includes a summary of seven seasons of data on Ray Ruby grapefruit grown in CUPS. The research reveals differences in fruit yield, size, Brix and more for grapefruit grown on sour orange, US-897 and X-639 rootstocks. When compared to open-field grown grapefruit, the CUPS trees produced more profitable fruit sizes.
Fernando Alferez and his team discuss how deficit irrigation could improve CUPS fruit quality. They found that deficit irrigation resulted in earlier bloom for Tango mandarin. Both internal and external fruit quality improved with deficit irrigation. Get the details in their article.
Jawaad Qureshi and Salman Al-Shami report on pest incidence and management in CUPS. While CUPS are highly successful in excluding Asian citrus psyllids, other pests and beneficial organisms can enter the structures. Some of the most commonly found pests in CUPS include rust mites, red spider mites and citrus leafminers.
If you missed the annual Citrus & Specialty Crop Expo in August, read highlights from the event in the September issue of Citrus Industry. This year’s Expo attracted growers not just from Florida, but other states and countries, too. Growers came to attend two days of seminar programs and visit with the show’s 160 exhibitors.
The September issue includes an overview of the Expo with pictures, summaries from the citrus seminars and a report from the editor-in-chief on the general session. Thank you to all of the exhibitors, sponsors, organizers, speakers and attendees for making the Citrus & Specialty Crop Expo a success!
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