Research Updates, Hands-On Training Scheduled at UF/IFAS Citrus Workshop

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida citrus growers will learn about the latest research from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and test new technology at a workshop in Sebring, Sept. 25-26.

UF/IFAS Extension Highlands County is working with statewide UF/IFAS Citrus Extension faculty to bring the latest in scientific studies and a hands-on learning experience to growers.

Faculty at the workshop will cover topics in entomology, horticulture and plant pathology and will teach growers how to test soil pH, soil electrical conductivity — which measures nutrients in soil — soil moisture and tree root health with easy methods and easy to use instruments.

Citrus growers statewide are battling the deadly citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing, or HLB.

“In the past of couple of years, we have learned that managing optimum soil pH is critical for the health and productivity of HLB-affected trees,” said Tripti Vashisth, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of horticultural sciences and Citrus Extension specialist at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, Florida. “Therefore, if they can test soil pH in the field in just a few minutes, growers can test multiple locations with minimum expense, which will help them make quick decisions for optimal grove management.”

At the workshop, participants also will test an online program that would let them monitor soil-moisture meters from their office or home, said Jamie Burrow, UF/IFAS Extension program manager for the CREC.

“Participants will learn the newest information, and hopefully be able to apply it to their groves,” Burrow said. “It seems technology and research are always changing. We want to provide growers an opportunity to learn how to use technology and ongoing research for improved grove management.”

The workshop will be at the UF/IFAS Extension Highlands County Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center, O.S. “Sam” Polston Auditorium, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring, Florida.

Click here to register for the workshop.


By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303,

The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS works to bring science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents. Visit the UF/IFAS web site at and follow us on social media at @UF_IFAS.











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Posted: September 18, 2018

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Citrus Research, Citrus Research And Education Center, Highlands County, Training, Tripti Vashisth

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