Researchers survey Florida citrus growers about fruit drop

04/18/2013 04:11:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

How bad is fruit drop this season among Florida citrus groves?

That's the question a group of researchers from the University of Florida's Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred are asking the state's growers, according to a news release.

The group, led by gene Albrigo, is conducting a survey to try to determine factors contributing to the problem.

Although some fruit drop is typical each year, the magnitude of the drop this year is causing concern.

Some have pointed to widespread infection of huanglongbing, or HLB, among the state's groves. But the actual cause of this year's unusually high fruit drop hasn't yet been determined.

That's one reason behind the survey—to try to link cause and effect.

In the survey, the researchers are asking growers to include good or bad examples that accompany different conditions or practices.

They then may follow up with growers.

All of the results will be presented in a way to protect the identities of individual participants.

The deadline to send or email in completed forms is May 15.

Download a form for regular mail or email, or complete the survey online.

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