The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center will host a Fruit Crop Management Short Course November 6–7 in Lake Alfred. Tripti Vashisth, an assistant professor of horticultural sciences and a citrus Extension specialist, is putting on the event.
The course will focus on fruit crops other than citrus, and the audience will be made up of growers. There will be several researchers from Florida and around the country. Vashisth believes this course is important for citrus growers who are thinking of transitioning to new crops, because other fruit trees are so different from citrus.
Vashisth uses peaches as an example. “Peaches are very different from citrus because flowering in peaches is very different. Therefore, growers need more understanding of how the flowering in peaches occurs to get a good crop,” she says. Vashisth will be giving a presentation on growing peaches in Florida on the first day of the two-day short course.
The opening day of the event will feature presentations from researchers from around the country. Day one will focus on horticultural topics and plant biology. The second day will feature researchers from Florida talking about how to produce several different fruit crops in the state.
Right now, the rate to register is $75. After Monday, Oct. 23, the rate goes up to $100. Click here to register now.
View the Fruit Crop Management Short Course schedule here.
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