Sneak Peek: March 2024 Citrus Industry

Daniel Cooper HLB Management, Sneak Peek, Soil Health


The March issue of Citrus Industry magazine is centered on tree and soil health.

On the cover is Florida citrus grower Bill Lennon of Lennon’s Grove Service. The March cover story details Lennon’s efforts to learn more about survivor trees in his groves that are standing up to HLB. He is working with University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers to properly identify and test these healthy trees. Lennon is hopeful the survivor trees can help other growers bridge the gap between now and when a solution is found for HLB.

A Georgia citrus grower, Herb Young, discusses his work with soil health. After spending his career researching chemical controls, Young has switched gears in retirement. He’s now focused on experimenting with regenerative practices. In the article, he tells about the positive results he has seen with cover crops, microbes and more.

Measuring tree health is the subject of another March article. The new Canopy Assist tool from UF/IFAS is designed to help growers determine if HLB treatments are having a positive effect. The article gives easy step-by-step instructions on how to use Canopy Assist on a smartphone.

The Citrus Research and Field Trial (CRAFT) program is also helping growers evaluate HLB treatments. At the same time, CRAFT is providing growers with financial assistance for planting trees. Get an update on the program’s achievements and new offerings in the March issue.

Also included in this issue is a preview of the Florida Citrus Show in the Pulpwash column. Learn the implications of new citrus-producing states in the Citrus Nursery Source column. And find out how to nominate someone for the Citrus Achievement Award.

The March issue of Citrus Industry magazine is coming soon. Both print and digital issues are available. If you are not already receiving the magazine, sign up for a subscription here.

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Tacy Callies

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