This week, Ask IFAS released the 2022–2023 edition of the Florida Citrus Production Guide, an annual reference guide for commercial Florida citrus growers. The Citrus Production Guide includes detailed chapters on diagnosis and management of various fungal, insect, and weed pests; pesticides registered in Florida and standards associated with their use; and information on establishing and managing citrus groves, including economic considerations and useful websites and apps to consult. The strategies in this guide were developed by UF/IFAS faculty and scientists at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. These strategies are regularly reviewed, so you can be sure the recommendations are the safest and most up-to-date for the state. This guide is also available at the CREC website.
Also this week, we released the 2022–2023 Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida. This annual handbook provides commercial Florida growers with the latest information on crop cultivars, cultural practices, and pest management. It includes chapters on fertilizer management, irrigation management, and integrated pest management, as well as biopesticides and alternative management products. It also features chapters on the various types of crops commonly grown in Florida, from leafy vegetables to legumes, strawberries, and tomatoes. Each chapter includes extensive tables with information on products registered for use controlling fungal, insect, and weed problems in each crop.
Physical copies of these books can be requested at no cost from UF/IFAS Research and Education Centers and your local Extension offices statewide. As always, Ask IFAS has even more information on citrus and vegetable production available. And if you can’t find the answer to your question yourself, just ask us at Ask IFAS!