Sneak Peek: May 2024 Citrus Industry

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Inside the May issue of Citrus Industry magazine, you’ll find photos and coverage from the Florida Citrus Show. The annual grower-focused event was held in Fort Pierce on April 3. A high point of the day was the outdoor trade show of exhibitors serving an array of tailgate-style foods to attendees. Educational programs included a general session on current agricultural concerns as well as seminars for both citrus and vegetable growers.

Highlights of the citrus session included two panel discussions. In the first panel, University of Florida and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists discussed citrus breeding efforts to help growers overcome HLB. The second panel was composed of growers who shared their personal experiences managing HLB. This included efforts to date with oxytetracycline (OTC) trunk injection. Get details from the panel discussions in the May issue.

More on OTC trunk injection can be found in a question-and-answer article with University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Associate Professor Ute Albrecht. She provides updates on ongoing OTC trials and gives application tips for growers.

Another article, co-authored by Lukasz Stelinski, Eric Roldan and Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski of UF/IFAS, looks at the integration of antibiotics into an overall management plan for HLB. The authors address foliar vs. trunk-injection treatments as well as potential rotational tools.

Hurricane season, which begins June 1, is quickly approaching. Forecasts from Colorado State University and AccuWeather are calling for very high hurricane activity this season. Now is the time to prepare. An article in the May issue will help growers fine-tune or establish their hurricane plan.

Finally, see how this citrus season is shaping up in California. Industry leaders share details on the current state of the industry. Production quality, invasive pest problems and international competition are among the areas covered in the article.

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