The annual event, presented by Florida Grower, UF/IFAS, and the Indian River Citrus League, featured an educational agenda that covered the gamut of hot-button issues for the industry. In particular, sessions on CHMAs, GAPs, water issues, and citrus black spot all were well attended. However, it was the new research findings regarding the use of foliar nutrition for improved tree health that created a buzz among the crowd. The “picture is worth a thousand words” approach was used to demonstrate findings during Bob Rouse’s (UF/IFAS) presentation on this topic. The data suggesting the effectiveness of nutrition on plant health and productivity continues to churn the waters regarding the preferred methods of HLB management.
As a complement to the educational component of the event, the Florida Citrus Show provided a networking platform to share information, catch up with peers, and gather insight from industry suppliers. More than 80 industry exhibitors displayed products, literature, and equipment inside the tradeshow hall. UF/IFAS citrus breeders also were on hand to hand out and talk about some of the new, juicy varieties that may be coming down the pike.
Gerry Bogdon, Florida Grower’s associate publisher, agrees. “The feedback from attendees as well as suppliers has been positive. We appreciate the input and are looking forward to further enhancing the Show next year and taking it to another level.”
For more information about the Florida Citrus Show, visit CitrusShow.com.