The Florida citrus industry has seen more than its fair share of challenges and changes in recent years. But through it all, Brite Leaf Citrus Nursery has been a constant positive presence. This is due to strong leadership from Nate and Anna Jameson and their ability to adapt to changing times. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently honored Brite Leaf’s efforts with an Agricultural-Environmental Leadership award. In the September cover story of Citrus Industry magazine, Editor Tacy Callies tells how the Jameson family has worked to protect the nursery industry while keeping their business sustainable.
One of the recent changes for the Florida citrus industry was a new location for this year’s Citrus & Specialty Crop Expo. After three decades at the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers, the Expo was held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa last month. The new location was met with positive feedback from attendees and exhibitors. Get highlights from the event in the September issue of Citrus Industry magazine. Included are photos from the Expo and highlights from the citrus seminar program.
The use of plant growth regulators to treat HLB trees was one of the many subjects discussed during the Expo’s educational program. Applying the right PGR at the right time is critical to the treatment’s effectiveness. Get detailed advice on this subject from the University of Florida’s (UF) Tripti Vashisth, Wesley Webb and Taylor Livingston in their September article.
Also covered in this issue are updates on two citrus diseases: leprosis and yellow vein clearing virus. While neither one is currently present in Florida, the diseases are spreading closer to the state. Find out what symptoms growers should be on the lookout for in an article by UF’s Ozgur Batuman.
These articles and more are coming soon in the September issue of Citrus Industry magazine. Not already a subscriber? Sign up here.
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