The 2023–2024 Citrus Production Guide will be available to growers at the Citrus & Specialty Crop Expo in Tampa on Aug. 16–17.
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) publication includes the latest technical advice on HLB management, tree nutrition, grove management and other aspects of Florida citrus cultivation. The guide is a comprehensive reference meant to assist growers in development and management of citrus groves in Florida, said Tripti Vashisth, a UF/IFAS horticulture associate professor and a member of the guide’s editorial team.
Additions this year include new fertilizer recommendations for some nutrients that have been recently changed and information on the plant growth regulator gibberellic acid. Information on pesticides registered for use in Florida citrus is also updated in every new edition.
Topics covered in the guide include planting, irrigation, fertilization, weed control, insect management and disease management. For a grove management practice to be recommended in the guide, a minimum of two years of field-validated data is required. About 50 UF/IFAS personnel contributed to the latest edition.
“Each year, we update the guide with new information as it becomes available,” Vashisth said. “This is a fundamental component of the UF/IFAS faculty mission to continue to meet the needs of our growers as we learn about and/or develop new tools and strategies for citrus production.”
Hard copies of the updated production guide will be available at the UF/IFAS booth at the Citrus & Specialty Crop Expo at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. After the event, guides will be available online, at local UF/IFAS Extension offices (see a directory of citrus agents here) in citrus-growing counties and at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred.
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