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Remaining Display Opportunities for 2019-2020

Dec. 10, 2019 – UF/IFAS Variety Display CREC, Lake Alfred, 10 a.m.
Jan. 16, 2020 – UF/IFAS Variety Display IRREC, Fort Pierce, 10 a.m.
Feb. 14, 2020 – UF/IFAS Variety Display CREC. Lake Alfred, 10 a.m.

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Why Citrus Classification Needs More Flexibility in the Age of HLB

There is certainly no shortage of regulations, statutes, and rules governing Florida’s citrus industry. This fact is particularly obvious to those new to the party. It is sometimes puzzling why an industry would self-impose such a situation. Was the master plan to regulate ourselves into prosperity? Quite the contrary. Read more.

Evaluating Fresh Mandarins and Oranges

Mark Ritenour with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) reports on evaluations of new fresh mandarin and sweet orange selections. Ritenour is a professor at the Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce.

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Find the Line Between Good Cold and Bad Cold for Citrus

The level of interest and curiosity associated with North Florida and South Georgia citrus production is escalating. Some Floridians are reserving judgement, some are convinced that it is going to be a disaster, and others wish they could magically relocate their groves and infrastructure to the Northern counties.  Read more.

Varieties Update: OLL-20 and Bingo

Fred Gmitter provided an update at Citrus Expo on University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) citrus varieties, including OLL-20 and Bingo. Gmitter is a UF/IFAS citrus plant breeder and geneticist at the Citrus Research and Education Center.

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Sample the Latest Citrus From UF/IFAS

As citrus growers, packers, processors, gift-fruit shippers and others taste, feel and smell the latest varieties from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), they hope their taste buds explode with flavor and that a fresh aroma fills the room at the Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC).

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Putting Fresh Fruit to the Test

New fresh citrus fruit selections continue to be developed and released by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Taking High-Density Citrus Planting to the Next Level

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.

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Florida Citrus Season is Here! How’s the Forecast?

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. 

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Ways You Can Make a Difference at Citrus Variety Display Events

The fall brings numerous opportunities for the Florida citrus industry to engage with the plant improvement teams at the UF/IFAS and USDA-ARS.

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How to Build up Citrus Strength With Demonstration Blocks

When it comes to planting decisions, there’s no substitute for walking the groves.

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Why Orange-Like Hybrids May Secure Future for Florida Citrus

Join the conversation as a new committee leads the charge to developing new varieties in the wake of an HLB endemic. 

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‘Mandalate’ Mandarin Gaining Attention of More Growers

Unique late-season, seedless Mediterranean triploid is now an option for Florida citrus producers.

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Positive Takeaways as Florida Citrus Season Winds Down

Despite challenges, all phases of the industry are working toward a brighter future.

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Mission Is on to Mine Blood Orange-Like Variety in Florida

When will ‘Ruby’ Valencia be ready to shine in the citrus marketplace?

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How to Catch up With the New ‘Marathon’ Mandarin Orange

Despite challenges, all phases of the industry are working toward a brighter future.

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The Time Is Now to Plant a Future for Florida Citrus

For local producers interested in trialing the latest selections in their grove, opportunity may come knocking this spring.

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Maintaining a Healthy Commitment to Citrus Starts at the Roots

Florida budwood registration staff continues to focus on safe plant material for local growers.

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