Scenes from Citrus Expo’s Silver Anniversary

Citrus Expo 2016 Citrus growers and industry members turned out in full force for the 25th anniversary of Citrus Expo. They came seeking answers on citrus greening and other production challenges, as was evidenced by the large turnout at the “Now Is the Time” seminar program.

Speaker Spotlight: Grosser on New Citrus Rootstocks and Scions

Wrapping up our “Speaker Spotlight” series is Jude Grosser, with the University of Florida’s Citrus Research and Education Center. Grosser says he will be speaking about new oranges that have been developed at the University of Florida’s breeding program. These include the new OLL oranges, a mid-sweet collection, and two early Valencias that have the potential to replace Hamlins. Grosser … Read More

Speaker Spotlight: Albrecht on “From Planning to Planting”

Ute Albrecht, University of Florida assistant professor for plant physiology, will be giving a seminar at this year’s Citrus Expo. Her talk will provide growers with the latest information for establishing new groves in the presence of HLB. She says her presentation involves several different subjects that are all based on a collaboration of knowledgeable experts on those subjects. Some … Read More

New Book to Debut at Citrus Expo

Citrus growers now have yet another reason to attend the 2016 Citrus Expo. They can receive a complimentary copy of a brand new book, “The Critical Importance of Citrus Tree Nutrition.” Authored by citrus Extension agent Mongi Zekri, the book will debut at the Citrus Expo Shindig, a special party to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary. The shindig takes place … Read More

Funding the Future of Citrus

The Florida FFA Association has been a staple of service at Citrus Expo for nearly seven years. Ronnie Simmons, executive director of the Florida FFA Association, spoke about the partnership. “Many know that part of the mission of FFA is ‘service,’ and primarily service to our agricultural community. When we were approached about seven years ago about Citrus Expo, we … Read More

Speaker Spotlight: Singerman on Current Economics of Citrus Production

In this week’s Speaker Spotlight, Ariel Singerman, assistant professor at the Citrus Research and Education Center, gives a brief preview of his Citrus Expo seminar, “Current economics of citrus production.” The first part of his presentation will focus on citrus production costs in 2015–16 and changes in cost of production with respect to the previous season. In the second part, … Read More

Speaker Spotlight: Johnson on Managing Citrus Canker

Continuing with our weekly “Speaker Spotlights,” Evan Johnson, research assistant scientist at the Citrus Research and Education Center, is this week’s featured Citrus Expo presenter. Johnson will be giving an update on managing citrus canker. His presentation will mainly cover how to manage fruit drop on sweet oranges that can be caused by citrus canker early in the season. His … Read More

Speaker Spotlight: Morgan on BMPs

Kelly Morgan, from the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, will be giving a seminar called “BMPs: new regulations and compliance issues” at the 2016 Citrus Expo. Morgan says that citrus growers have recognized the need for best management practices (BMPs) and have adopted them well into their programs. He says that with citrus greening, there have … Read More

Speaker Spotlight: Rollins on Citrus Black Spot

In this week’s “Speaker Spotlight,” Jeff Rollins, associate professor with University of Florida’s Department of Plant Pathology, discusses his 2016 Citrus Expo seminar topic. Rollins will be presenting an update on citrus black spot in Florida. He says that his seminar will focus a lot on how research is being done to understand the life cycle of the black spot … Read More

Speaker Spotlight: Vashisth on HLB Management

The 25th year of Citrus Expo will definitely be one for the books. With a large crowd expected, booths of all sorts and a celebratory shindig, this year’s event definitely won’t disappoint. In addition to the fun, there are plenty of informative seminars scheduled for attendees. Among the many great speakers at this year’s event will be Tripti Vashisth, assistant … Read More