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UF researchers answer questions about citrus fruit drop at upcoming seminar

By Ruth Borger LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — Citrus fruit dropping before harvest has been a perennial problem for Florida growers but one that is particularly challenging during the 2020-21 growing season. Tripti Vashisth and Fernando… Read More

UF scientists study how to breed faster-growing plants

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. – In order to improve photosynthesis in plant leaves, two University of Florida scientists will study their roots and stems. More specifically, Christopher Vincent and Fred Gmitter hope to find the optimal… Read More

University of Florida citrus nutrition consulting program to continue; new participants wanted

By: Ruth Borger LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences citrus researchers have found that following the appropriate nutritional and irrigation guidelines designed for a specific grove is one… Read More

Citrus growers tour of UF/IFAS Citrus Under Protective Screens Houses

By ROBIN KOESTOYO FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Citrus growers from several of Florida’s production regions joined researchers recently for a field day inside 14-foot high screenhouses that protect fruit trees from an invasive insect. The… Read More

UF survey requests citrus grower input to help set research directions

By RUTH BORGER   LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — University of Florida entomologist Lauren Diepenbrock is looking to the future of her research program and needs citrus industry professionals to help her see a clear picture…. Read More

What’s in store for 2021? UF/IFAS experts predict food and garden trends

Food and garden trends

No one could have predicted the kind of year 2020 has been. But in late 2019, when UF/IFAS experts were asked to predict the top food and garden trends for the coming year, they made… Read More

New webinar series to support citrus growers with production information

BY RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension citrus program is launching a webinar series of OJ Break meetings free to all Florida citrus growers… Read More

UF flower bud advisories resume

BY RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — The University of Florida will resume providing growers regular flower bud advisories as the critical time for citrus grove management begins this winter. UF Institute of Food and… Read More

Safe food production training to be available to Florida’s small and beginning farmers through new USDA grant

BY RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — A new opportunity for Florida’s small and medium-sized produce farmers will become a reality with the support of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Outreach Program (FSOP)… Read More

Citrus Advisory System alerts growers so they can stem post-bloom fruit drop

Beep. Beep. Beep. That’s the sound of the alert, telling a citrus grower it’s time to spray fungicide to help prevent fruit from falling off the tree. When the brand-new fruit falls off a citrus… Read More