Vicky BoydUniversity of Florida citrus breeder Jude Grosser has developed several new fresh citrus varieties.The Maitland, Fla.-based New Varieties Development & Management Corp. has scheduled a series of statewide meetings to introduce growers to the new Fast Track citrus evaluation program.
The variety development firm has worked closely with University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences Plant Improvement Team and Florida Foundation Seed Producers to establish this new trial program, according to a news release.
Growers can register to plant five to 30 trees of experimental fresh-citrus selections.
Through Fast Track, commercial growers will participate in the trial process and provide feedback to guide release and commercialization decisions.
The program is designed to reduce the amount of time necessary to evaluate and release promising new varieties. The program is for fresh fruit varieties only.
The 90-minute grower meetings are scheduled for:
9:30 a.m., Lake County IFAS Extension Office, Leesburg
1951 Woodlea Road
2 p.m., IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center
700 Experiment Station Road
9:30 a.m., Highlands County IFAS Extension Office
4509 George Blvd.
2 p.m., UF Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
2685 State Road 29 North
9:30 a.m., Indian River Research and Education Center
2199 South Rock Road
2 p.m., Brevard County Extension Office
3695 Lake Drive
Seating is limited. Please RSVP by fax to (321) 214-0223 or email Lucy.Nieves@ffva.com