Sneak Peek: March 2023 Citrus Industry

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The March cover of Citrus Industry magazine features a fresh face in a key industry leadership role for Florida. Morgan McKenna Porter is bringing youthful energy to her new title as president of the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) board of directors. In the cover story, learn about her background as well as her CRDF goals for helping growers overcome HLB.


Speaking of HLB, the March issue includes several articles that provide HLB management strategies.

Tripti Vashisth and Taylor Livingston share their latest research on gibberellic acid (GA) as a tool to help keep fruit on HLB-infected trees. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers are seeing promising results on Hamlin oranges, including higher yield efficiency. Work is being done now to determine what chemicals can be safely tank-mixed with GA. Find out in the article how you can help in the effort.

Deficit irrigation has been proposed as one method to manage HLB trees. But how well does it work, and when is the best time to implement it? Find out in an article written by a team of UF/IFAS scientists.

Nian Wang, UF/IFAS professor, discusses lessons learned from HLB as an immune-mediated plant disease in his article. He provides practical tips growers can use to better manage HLB. This includes integrated horticultural approaches that suppress production of reactive oxygen species.

HLB management, including new treatments like trunk injection of oxytetracycline hydrochloride, will be on the educational agenda at the Florida Grower Citrus Show on April 13 in Fort Pierce. The refreshed event will feature a new single-day format that includes seminars on timely topics. And there will be plenty of time for industry networking and good eats during a tailgate-style trade show. Preregistration is now open, and more details are available in the March article.

Find all of these articles and more in the soon-to-be-released March issue of Citrus Industry magazine. Not already a subscriber? Sign up here.

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Tacy Callies

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