Survey Shows Top Varieties and Rootstocks

By Frank Giles The latest Florida Grower Citrus Industry Pulse survey results again showed Valencia oranges and US-942 rootstock were by far the most popular selections among growers in the past year. The online survey results track closely with the official 2020–21 Citrus Budwood Report, which is compiled and published by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The …

Potassium’s Importance in Potatoes

By Clint Thompson Lakesh Sharma, assistant professor in the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Department of Soil, Water and Ecosystem Sciences, cannot stress enough potassium’s importance in potato production. That’s why he is concerned about the current conflict in the Ukraine and its potential impact on the essential nutrient’s availability in the future. “Potassium is not …

Florida Growers Consider Bamboo Potential

An event in Lake Placid, Florida, on the potential of bamboo as an alternative commercial crop drew a large turnout of growers. Citrus growers, in particular, are interested in crops that could go on marginal grove land until a more viable solution to HLB comes along. Bamboo might fill that need, according to Phillip Rucks, owner of Phillip Rucks Citrus Nursery. …

Summer Weed Management Tips

By Clint Thompson Successful weed management programs this summer involve an integrated approach. No longer can farmers rely on just herbicides to overcome all of their weed issues. Other components must factor into the program, says Nathan Boyd, associate center director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center and …

John Chater, A Welcome Addition to the CREC Team

By Peter Chaires The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is firmly engaged in the fight against HLB in a range of scientific disciplines. These include entomology, plant improvement (scion and rootstock), gene editing, microbiology and cell science, soil and water research, pathology, root health, irrigation, nutrition and others. The recent hire of John Chater further …

Understanding the Citrus Research Order Vote

By Frank Giles This month, Florida growers will be receiving a ballot to vote on the Citrus Research Order. It is the mechanism that allows growers to tax their production up to 3 cents per box of fruit to fund research. The money raised through this box tax is how the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) is funded, along …