The newly-released Florida Citrus Production Guide is a must-read for any Florida citrus grower in the age of citrus greening.
Debuted at the 2018 Citrus Expo in North Fort Myers in August, the Florida Citrus Production Guide is a must-read for every citrus producer in Florida looking to find success in the grove in the face of citrus greening, also called HLB. Created by experts with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), it’s 180 pages of instructions concerning citrus production in Florida, especially when it comes to citrus greening, according to a UF/IFAS blog. See the details below.
Details of the Florida Citrus Production Guide
According to the blog, the Florida Citrus Production Guide covers a wide range of topics that citrus producers will find useful. Topics include:
- All aspects of grove establishment, especially concerning citrus greening
- All aspects of grove management in Florida’s current growing environment
- Nutrition, irrigation, pests and diseases
- Cold protection
- The Citrus Under Protective Screen system
- New federally mandated Worker Protection Standards, which took full effect in January 2018
Lauren Diepenbrock, an editor overseeing the 42 contributing writers for the production guide and an assistant professor of entomology with the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, said: “HLB has imposed many changes on citrus production, and our goal was to gather all of the most important current information into one place.”
Such guides have been in production by UF/IFAS since the 1980s, and they have grown and evolved significantly.
A digital edition of the guide is available free of charge at http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/pest/.
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