Sneak Peek: February 2023 Citrus Industry

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With more growers incorporating compost and organic amendments into their production, weed management is receiving increased attention. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) authors Ramdas Kanissery and Mahesh Bashyal take on this topic in their article in the February 2023 issue of Citrus Industry magazine. While compost and organic amendments can increase soil health and boost tree growth, they may also increase weed growth. The authors offer strategies to get the benefits without the weeds, including how to test compost for weeds. The article also addresses post-hurricane considerations for weed control.


Megan Dewdney, UF/IFAS plant pathologist, discusses post-hurricane disease expectations for Florida citrus this season in her article. It includes management advice for growers on citrus canker, phytophthora diseases, greasy spot and melanose.

Growers will have the opportunity to get more expert advice on dealing with their most pressing challenges at the Florida Grower Citrus Show. The annual event, now under AgNet Media management, is being revamped and relocated this year. Mark your calendar for April 13 in Fort Pierce at the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory. Learn more about the show’s exciting new format in the February issue of Citrus Industry.

The Florida Citrus Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2023. Read about the impressive contributions to the citrus industry made by Franklin Gilbert Bowen and Alfred Graham Smith in the February issue of the magazine. The annual hall of fame luncheon is moving back to March; the class of 2023 and 2024 will be inducted together in 2024. Stay tuned for details on the event.

Find all of these articles and more in the February issue of Citrus Industry magazine, coming soon to your mailbox or inbox.

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About the Author

Tacy Callies

Editor of Citrus Industry magazine