Sneak Peek: July 2024 Citrus Industry

Daniel CooperHLB Management, Sneak Peek


The conversation in Florida citrus continues to center around trunk injection of oxytetracycline (OTC). The July issue of Citrus Industry magazine presents the latest information on the OTC topic.

OTC product labels require a one-year pause in application after two years of use. This requirement was put in place to prevent pathogen resistance to the product. Florida growers who have already used OTC twice are looking for application alternatives for the 2024–25 citrus season. Grove First project researchers are testing a myriad of materials to see what else could be approved and injected in citrus trees for HLB management next season. Among the materials under consideration is streptomycin. Find out more in the July Citrus Industry cover story by Editor-in-Chief Frank Giles.  

In a question-and-answer article, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) soil microbiologist Sarah Strauss discusses what she has learned about the interaction between OTC and the soil microbiome.

OTC trunk injection was also a subject addressed at the International Research Conference on HLB held in California this spring. Get highlights from the event in Giles’ July article.

In other events, AgNet Media announced the return of the Citrus & Specialty Crop Expo to the Florida State Fairgrounds. The two-day trade show and educational program takes place in Tampa on Aug. 21–22. Get a preview in the July issue of some of the speakers scheduled to appear in the general session as well as hot topics to be covered in the citrus seminars.

Florida growers considering their crop insurance options will want to read Ariel Singerman’s article. The UF/IFAS economist compares the Actual Production History and Dollar Amount policies to see which one has a better payoff. What he found could prove profitable for growers.

These articles and more are coming soon in the July issue of Citrus Industry. Subscribe here.

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Tacy Callies

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