The UF/IFAS Citrus Nutrient Management Program is accepting new participants; the deadline to register is February 15th.

The UF/IFAS Citrus Nutrient Management Program, also called the nutrition box program, is looking for more Florida citrus growers to join this free program, according to a Citrus Industry article. The program offers citrus growers soil and leaf testing and nutrition counseling from UF/IFAS, based on their groves’ particular needs each quarter. So far, the program has served 75 growers over 17 Florida counties. Learn about the program and how to register to participate below.

Details of the UF/IFAS Citrus Nutrient Management Program

In the program, growers receive a box that includes materials, instructions, and kits to take a soil sample and leaf samples to send into UF/IFAS for laboratory analysis.

The soil and leaf samples are then analyzed by UF/IFAS researchers and Extension agents who then make nutrients recommendations to the grower, tailoring recommendations to each groves’ needs based on the samples.

In order to qualify, a Florida citrus grower must:

  • Have groves that are a sweet orange variety.
  • Have groves that are five years or older.
  • Have a minimum of 5 acres.

Growers new to the program can register to participate here. According to the article, Growers who have already participated in the program “who wish to continue will be contacted by the UF/IFAS citrus nutrition team about how to proceed,” and that “these growers are asked to continue sampling the same block or grove this year.”

Griffin Fertilizer is committed to helping both growers and ranchers make sound agronomic and economic decisions in order to maximize the health of their grove and pasture. As a full-service custom dry & liquid fertilizer blender and crop protection product distributor, we will continue our mission to further advance Florida agriculture. For questions or concerns about your farm or pasture, contact us and one of our team will be in touch.