Sneak Peek: August 2023 Citrus Industry

Josh McGill Citrus Expo, Sneak Peek

The August issue of Citrus Industry magazine includes the show guide to an event many Florida growers look forward to all year long. The annual Citrus & Specialty Crop Expo has a new home at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Find what you need inside the August issue to make the most of the event, including a full seminar schedule and a directory of participating exhibitors. The Expo is pleased to welcome Florida Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson as the keynote speaker. In addition to continuing education units, the event offers complimentary meals and a networking reception, plenty of prize giveaways and a large trade show of agricultural suppliers. Join the fun on Aug. 16–17! Preregister here.


Many Florida growers have been stymied by snails in recent seasons. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) entomologist Lauren Diepenbrock offers some solutions to the problem in the August issue. Learn what baits performed best in research trials.

Citrus Industry magazine has published several articles on the effectiveness of citrus under protective screen in keeping fruit free of Asian citrus psyllids and HLB disease. But the price to build the structures is high. Is it worth the investment? UF/IFAS researchers Ariel Singerman and Arnold Schumann answer that question in their August article.

Growers have been hearing for years about CRISPR as a genetic tool to potentially breed HLB-resistant trees. Michael Rogers, UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center director, provides an update on CRISPR progress in his article. He also discusses the major investments UF/IFAS is making to speed up the research.

The benefits of growing citrus on UV-metalized reflective mulch is the subject of another UF/IFAS feature in the August issue. Research on grapefruit in Vero Beach and oranges in Immokalee shows better health and less ACP for trees grown with metallic mulch. Get more details on the findings in the August issue, coming soon.

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