Citrus


Florida’s farming industry woke up on a positive note to hear members of the U.S. House and Senate have finally approved an agriculture disaster relief package that will send billions to growers impacted by Hurricane Irma. The package — passed overnight as part of the massive federal budget deal — provides […]

House & Senate Approve Disaster Relief Package


ON 15 ACRES at Howey-in-the-Hills in Lake County, a citrus grove once abandoned by its owner has new life, witnesses say. Hamlin orange trees with obvious symptoms of greening are growing healthy, new leaves. “My goal was just to make a perfect, healthy living soil,” explains Ed James, owner of […]

Utilizing Roll Down Cover Crops to Enhance Soil and Work ...


JONATHAN BROWN Citrus grower Jonathan Brown of Bethel Farms in Arcadia reacts to the Oct. 12 initial U.S. Department of Agriculture citrus crop forecast of 54 million boxes of Florida oranges. He also discusses damage from Hurricane Irma. “I was a little bit impressed that it (the forecast) came out […]

Jonathan Brown of Bethel Farms Discusses Crop Forecast, Irma Damage



Jawwad Qureshi, assistant professor of entomology and nematology at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will be speaking on management of Asian citrus psyllids at the 2017 Citrus Expo. Qureshi’s talk will cover conventional management systems compared to organic production systems, which are being studied in large-scale […]

Organic vs Traditional Citrus Psylliad Management – Qureshi to speak ...


Off Switch on Greening
Nian Wang, an associate professor of microbiology and cell sciences at UF/IFAS, is working with the gene-editing technique called CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats). CRISPR techniques are being used to generate greening-resistant citrus varieties by modifying the susceptibility genes within the plants. Wang’s system tricks a plant into […]

AN “OFF SWITCH” TO GREENING?