The National Weather Service predicts the drought in the Southeast will continue to persist or intensify this spring. La Niña conditions will continue for the next few months, and rainfall in Florida is predicted to be below normal through next month. While irrigation can be withheld from citrus in the fall and winter, adequate water in the spring is necessary to maintain good yields. With the prediction of a dry spring, growers may need to review their management practices to make sure they are providing sufficient irrigation to their trees and the new developing crop.
Florida’s sandy soils are notorious for holding very little water. Hence, frequent irrigation, particularly in the hotter spring months of April and May, is necessary to maintain the soil near field capacity.
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