COMMERCIAL CITRUS

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The Commercial Citrus Extension Agent provides wide ranging educational programs to grove owners, managers, and employers.  These include improved and economically sound production practices that enhance the productivity and profitability of citrus production in the Polk/Hillsborough County Area.

To view information from the six commercial citrus county extension agents in Florida,
visit the Citrus Agents Website.

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CONTACT

Chris Oswalt

Commercial Citrus

Extension Agent IV, M.S.

863-519-1052

wcoswalt@ufl.edu

Recent Citrus Blog Posts

A glass of OJ may soon come from citrus-greening tolerant fruit

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Some people like to wake up and drink a glass of fresh Florida orange juice. With the greening disease ravaging Florida’s citrus industry, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers want to make orange juice from disease-tolerant fruit. Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening as it’s commonly called, has destroyed 80 percent of citrus in Florida, a state where citrus is an $8.6

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Citrus Freeze Damage: Symptoms and Recovery

Citrus trees are evergreen, never become fully dormant and cannot withstand temperatures as low as those tolerated by deciduous trees.  However, citrus trees can become preconditioned or acclimated to cool air temperatures that occur in late fall and winter.  This preconditioning, called acclimation of citrus trees, induces a degree of dormancy known as quiescence.  Trees in active growth are more severely injured by cold than those that are

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Cold Protection of Florida Citrus: Microsprinkler Irrigation

Millions of boxes of fruit and thousands of acres of citrus trees have been lost in freezes and frosts.  More than nearly any other factor, freezes have caused some of the most dramatic changes in fruit supply, availability, and price.  Thus, any method that provides some cold protection can be of major importance to citrus

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