Explore the added information found in the new, just-released Florida Citrus Production Guide, which is full of UF/IFAS-generated information concerning citrus.
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) released their latest edition of their Florida Citrus Production Guide at the Citrus Expo in August. The guide, which has been published for a number of years, featured three new sections, and its editors shared details of those new sections in a Citrus Industry article. See the details below.
New Info in the Florida Citrus Production Guide
Diseases. According to the article, Megan Dewdney, a UF/IFAS plant pathologist, shared that the guide includes new information about the addition of a chemical for citrus canker control. It also includes info on the benefits of windbreaks for controlling Asian citrus psyllids, which have been shown to reduce the migration of psyllids into groves.
Pests. UF/IFAS entomologist Lauren Diepenbrock, shared the guide addresses resistance to insecticides, herbicides and fungicides, with a big emphasis on the importance of integrated pest management (IPM). The IPM topic shares alternatives to spraying for psyllid control, including individual tree covers, reflective mulch and kaolin clay.
Horticultural Practices. UF/IFAS horticulturist Tripti Vashisth shared that the new guide includes information about the economics of new plantings and a segment on cold protection.
Introduced at the Citrus Expo in August, the production guide is available at grower meetings and from citrus Extension agents.
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