The Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute returns in-person April 5th for Florida citrus growers with topics on nutrition and more.

The 2022 Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute is slated for April 5th at South Florida State College, Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts in Avon Park, Florida. The event is being held in-person after two years of having an online event due to the pandemic. According to a UF/IFAS blog, the event “is an opportunity for Florida citrus growers to come together to learn about effective management of HLB and other challenging diseases affecting the industry.” See details of the event below.

Details of The Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute

The event is being put on by faculty from the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center and the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center. Topics that will be covered include horticultural management of HLB, citrus pest management, and citrus irrigation and nutrition.

The day’s agenda includes:

Program Agenda

8:30 AM – Registration

9:00 AM – Welcome and Introductions – Mr. Chris Oswalt, CES, Bartow, FL

9:05 AM – CRDF Program Update – Mr. Rick Dantzler, COO, CRDF

9:20 AM – CREC Update – Dr. Michael Rogers, Center Director, UF/IFAS CREC

Citrus Pest Management

Moderator: Ms. Ajia Paolillo, CES, Arcadia, FL

9:30 AM – Citrus Black Spot (CBS) Update – Dr. Megan Dewdney, UF/IFAS CREC

10:00 AM – Can Chemical Weed Control Affect Tree Health and Fruit Drop in Citrus? – Dr. Ramdas Kanissery, UF/IFAS SWFREC

10:30 AM – Break

Citrus Horticulture

Moderator: Ms. Lourdes Cordero, CES, Sebring, FL

10:45 AM – Lessons from Below – Citrus Root Structures and What They Mean? – Dr. Ute Albrecht, UF/IFAS SWFREC

11:15 AM – Foliar Applications of Zinc and Potassium to Increase Yield by Reducing Fruit Drop in Hamlin Oranges – Dr. Fernando Alferez , UF/IFAS SWFREC

11:45 AM – Update on Gibberellic Acid Studies – Dr. Tripti Vashisth, UF/IFAS CREC

12:15 PM – Lunch

Citrus Irrigation & Nutrition

Moderator: Dr. Mongi Zekri, CES, LaBelle, FL

1:15 PM – Monitoring and Managing Seasonal Demand for Plant Nutrients with Smartphone Apps – Dr. Arnold Schumann, UF/IFAS CREC

1:45 PM – Irrigation Scheduling for Improved Tree Performance of HLB-Affected Trees – Dr. Davie Kadyampakeni, UF/IFAS CREC

2:15 PM – Nitrogen and Phosphorus Recommendations for HLB Affected Citrus – Dr. Kelly Morgan, UF/IFAS Gainesville, FL

3:00 PM – Adjourn

The event is free to Florida citrus growers, but those wishing to attend must register here by April 1st. The event will also offer opportunities for earning Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).

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