Sneak Peek: December 2022 Citrus Industry

Tacy CalliesNutrition, Regulation, Sneak Peek


Need the latest nutrient recommendations for growing citrus in Florida? Find updates for nutrient best management practices in the December issue of Citrus Industry magazine. The article, by Kelly Morgan, Davie Kadyampakeni and Tripti Vashisth, details recently approved recommendations for secondary macronutrients and micronutrients. The new advice is based on University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) research. Additional studies are underway that will result in updated recommendations for nitrogen and phosphorus.

More nutrition advice can be found in a second UF/IFAS article titled “The most critical step to a good nutrition program.” The article includes important leaf nutrient analysis information growers need to produce the best crop. Vashisth, Faisal Shahzad and Jamie Burrow share research results on leaf nutrient concentrations from fruiting and non-fruiting branches of both Hamlin and Valencia.

Regulations are another topic included in the December issue of Citrus Industry magazine. UF/IFAS food-safety experts Taylor O’Bannon, Matt Krug and Michelle Danyluk discuss proposed changes to the Produce Safety Rule on preharvest agricultural water requirements. Their article addresses the components of the proposed systems-based preharvest agricultural water assessment, including ag water systems and practices, crop characteristics and environmental conditions.

UF/IFAS professor Mark Ritenour tackles another regulatory subject in his article, “Ever-changing MRLs for fresh citrus exports.” He provides sources growers can use to keep current with different countries’ laws on maximum residue limits for various chemicals.

Florida growers are continuing their recovery efforts from Hurricane Ian. Those growing in citrus under protective screen systems seemed to have fared better than traditional growers. Learn how CUPS structures and the trees grown in them weathered the storm.

Find all of these articles and more, coming soon in the December issue of Citrus Industry. The magazine is available digitally and in print. Subscribe here.

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Tacy Callies

Editor of Citrus Industry magazine