UF/IFAS CREC, Lake Alfred (all 10 a.m.)
November 14, December 10, February 14
UF/IFAS IRREC, Fort Pierce (10 a.m.)
UF-Gainesville Field Day and Facility Tour
November 1 – 10:30 a.m. – Teaching Orchard
USDA-ARS – Whitmore Foundation Farm
• December 5 – 10:30 a.m. (variety sampling and optional farm tour)
When you are told the experimental citrus grove you have planted is like no other in the country, you know it is a sign of the times and changes brought on by citrus greening.
For the Florida citrus industry, last year was considered a rebound season after the big blow Hurricane Irma dealt in September 2017. And it was. The 2019-2020 citrus season is now officially underway in the Sunshine State with USDA’s initial citrus crop estimate in the books. Pre-season predictions from citrus economist Elizabeth Steger pegged the orange crop at 73 million boxes – a touch above last season’s final tally of 71 million boxes and change.
The fall brings numerous opportunities for the Florida citrus industry to engage with the plant improvement teams at the UF/IFAS and USDA-ARS.