A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science researchers will share about plant sap analysis for citrus growers.

UF/IFAS researcher Rhuanito “Johnny” Ferrarezi will be sharing the ins and outs of plant sap analysis at a remote workshop. The free Zoom workshop is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT, April 28, according to a UF/IFAS blog. The workshop’s purpose is to introduce Florida’s citrus growers to using sap analysis for monitoring citrus tree nutrition. See the details below.

Details of Citrus Plant Sap Analysis

Since monitoring a citrus tree’s nutrient status is so important in the face of citrus greening, workshop organizers, like Ferrarezi, an assistant professor of horticulture at the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce, want Florida citrus growers to be knowledgeable of plant sap analysis as another tool in assessing nutrient uptake, just like soil testing and leaf analysis.

“At UF/IFAS, our goal is to introduce viable management techniques that growers can use now to improve grove productivity. In this workshop, growers will hear from researchers and commercial laboratories about the latest uses of this process,” Ferrarezi said in the blog.

The workshop will consist of researchers and representatives from commercial laboratories giving presentations on the topic. The speakers list includes:

  1. Dr. George Hochmuth, Development of fresh petiole sap testing for Florida vegetables
  2. 2. Dr. Michael Rutzke, Plant Sap analysis / Leaf extract analysis: A less expensive way to monitor the nutrient status of your crop
  3. 3. Scott Wall, Plant Sap – Using Nutrient Steering to Manage your Nutritional Uptake Balancing Act
  4. 4. Nathan Harman, AEA’s Approach to Sap Analysis
  5. 5. Jeff Glass, Using Sap Analysis to balance nutrition in Florida Citrus; it’s all about nutritional inventory

Those attending the workshop will be able to get Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs for attending. Register for the workshop here.

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