A Citrus Expo presentation about best management practices (BMPs) focused on what growers should be doing now in their irrigation and nutrient management programs. The presentation noted that current BMPs were developed prior to HLB’s discovery in Florida in 2005, and that studies are underway to revise the citrus BMPs for nitrogen and phosphorus.
The presentation was created by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researcher Davie Kadyampakeni, who works at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. It was delivered for him by Kelly Morgan, director of the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee.
Some of the key points from the presentation include the following:
- HLB-affected trees are less efficient in nutrient uptake.
- Current data suggests the need to update secondary macronutrient and micronutrient guidelines for HLB-affected trees to improve yield and canopy size.
- HLB-affected trees need both foliar- and soil-applied nutrients. Growers should …..
Learn more about Irrigation and Nutrient Management BMPs on the Citrus Industry website.