Deadline nears to sign up for new citrus variety program

01/10/2014 09:50:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

Judge GrosserVicky BoydUniversity of Florida citrus breeder Jude Grosser shows off new mandarin varieties.Florida citrus growers have until Jan. 29 if they're interested in signing up to participate in the new Fast Track program.

Under the program from the Maitland, Fla.-based New Varieties Development & Management Corp., participating growers will get to try out and evaluate nine new citrus selections, according to a news release.

They include three seedless mandarin hybrids, two high-quality seeded mandarin hybrids, one seedless pummelo hybrid, and three unique seeded pummelo.

Fast Track is a three-phase program.

Phase 1 is trial and evaluation where growers may plant 5-30 trees of each selection. Should a selection be identified as commercially viable, it moves to phase 2.

Phase 2 is for early commercial production, and only Phase 1 participants may plant trees in phase 2.

Phase 2 provides growers a 5-year head start, after which time all growers may plant in phase 3.

For more information, contact Peter Chaires, NVDMC executive director, at or 321-214-5214.

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