The UF/IFAS May 9th Tropical Fruit Production Workshop for Florida growers can be attended in person or online.

UF/IFAS maintains that there are “new and potential growers who are not aware of a bigger problem at stake” when it comes to growing tropical fruit in The Sunshine State. A UF/IFAS blog shared that “Way too often, growers are unaware of key conditions necessary to producing a successful tropical fruit crop, once you cross north of the South Florida landscape and face freezing weather patterns.” To address this issue, UF/IFAS is offering the Tropical Fruit Production Workshop for Florida growers. It’s a free event, and you can attend in person or online via Zoom. See the details below.

Details of the Tropical Fruit Production Workshop

When: Thursday, May 9th, 9:30am-2:30pm


In-person: Miami-Dade County Extension Service, 18710 SW 288 St., Homestead, FL 33033

If attending by Zoom, you must register ahead of time here:

What: The blog shared that “A key component of the workshop features a UF web-based platform, AgroClimate, designed to assist growers in mitigating risks associated with climate fluctuations. Designed by Clyde Fraisse, a UF/IFAS professor of agricultural and biological engineering, the workshop will demonstrate how growers can take advantage of the tool.”

Agenda of the Tropical Fruit Production Workshop:

“9:30 a.m. Welcome and introductions, overview of the mission and activities at the Southeast Climate Hub. Speakers: Jonathan Crane and Clyde Fraisse

9:45 a.m. Is our climate changing? Florida’s historical and future weather patterns with Speakers: Crane and Young Gu Her)

  • Observed historical weather patterns.
  • Projected future weather patterns.
  • How does our groundwater react to the changes?
  • What do the changes mean to tropical fruit trees?
  • Followed by Question-and-Answer Session (10 minutes)

10:15 a.m. What are climate requirements for tropical fruit production. Speakers: Jeff Wasielewski, Crane

  • General aspects about climate in south Florida, perspectives for avocado, banana, carambola, dragon fruit, mango, etc.
  • Climate requirements for different crops: optimum growing temperature range, temperature ranges for freeze damage, heat damage temperature ranges, wind, and flood tolerance.
  • Potential implications of climate trends for tropical fruit production
  • Followed by Question-and-Answer Session (10 minutes)

11:00 a.m. What do we expect for 2024? (Steve McNulty, Fraisse, Crane)

  • Review of the hurricane forecast for the 2024 season and hurricane preparedness materials available at the SE Climate Hub
  • How to prepare and recover from hurricanes: A guide for tropical fruit growers in Florida (Crane)
  • How about El Niño? What is the expected ENSO phase for this year? How does it affect our climate?
  • Followed by Question-and-Answer Session (10 minutes)

Noon:  Lunch

1:00 p.m. How to mitigate risk and prepare ourselves for the future climate (Haimanote Bayabil, Crane, Wasielewski)

  • Mitigation practices to avoid flooding and/or continuously wet soil conditions (e.g., beds, drainage ditches and/or tiles, site selection, tolerant plants, etc.)
  • Management practices to mitigate the effects of extreme weather events (drought, heat waves, etc.)

1:30 p.m. Introduction to AgroClimate (Fraisse)

1:50 p.m. Open discussion with participants about challenges and opportunities for tropical fruit production in Florida

2:20 PM Final comments and adjournment.

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