CUPS Not for All Citrus Producers

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By Clint Thompson One of the unique ways of managing citrus greening disease developed by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers is not for all producers. The citrus under protective systems (CUPS) is just too expensive for all growers to take advantage of, says Fred Gmitter, a University of Florida citrus breeder. “It’s an extremely expensive …

More Satsumas? What Georgia Producers Need to Consider Before Planting

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By Clint Thompson Georgia’s citrus production could flood the market in less than three years. By 2024, there is projected to be more than 59 million pounds of citrus ready for harvest, says Jake Price, University of Georgia Lowndes County Extension coordinator. That is compared to 8.4 million pounds that is ready for harvest this year. “You can average three …

Open House, Field Day Planned for UF Citrus Research and Education Center

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LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) research information pertinent to Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, will be front and center at a Nov. 16 Open House and Field Day at the Lake Alfred experiment station. What Can Attendees Expect? More than 20 hands-on exhibits will feature the latest research findings to …

UF/IFAS to Host Upcoming Citrus Events

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LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) faculty are hosting a number of events for citrus growers in the upcoming weeks. All events are free but require preregistration. Oct. 26                 Citrus Nutrition Day   9 a.m. to Noon                                     Citrus Research and Education Center                                      Ben Hill …

Inspect Citrus Trees’ Roots Before Planting

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By Clint Thompson Rooting issues in citrus containers were a major problem this year for producers in Georgia. Kim Jones, who farms citrus in Georgia and Florida, implores producers to inspect their trees extensively before planting in the future. He said there were various reports of j-rooting and circle-rooting in container plants. The trees would be more vulnerable to high-stress …

Psyllid Control? Fungal Pathogen Effective Against Citrus Greening Vector

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By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The Asian citrus psyllid transmits the bacterium associated with the most serious citrus disease worldwide — and now it has a formidable enemy in a fungal pathogen. The citrus industry at its zenith was spread across about 950,000 Florida acres. Citrus greening reduced it to today’s approximate 400,000 acres. The fungus is Cordyceps …

UF Citrus Breeder: Greening Inevitable for North Florida, South Georgia

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By Clint Thompson It’s not a question of if citrus greening disease will be an issue for North Florida and South Georgia citrus producers but when will it be. Fred Gmitter, a University of Florida citrus breeder, believes the disease’s impact in both areas is inevitable. He shared his assessment during Thursday’s Cold Tolerant Citrus Production Workshop in Perry, Florida. …

Disease Development: Phytophthora Root Rot a Concern in Georgia Citrus

Clint Thompson Citrus, Disease, Georgia

By Clint Thompson A saturated summer across the Southeast means more potential for development of phytophthora root rot disease in citrus trees. The impact on Georgia’s young trees could be devastating, says Jonathan Oliver, (UGA) assistant professor and small fruits pathologist. Oliver implores Georgia’s citrus producers to stay vigilant in their fungicide sprays, as the wet conditions have not let …