Grower meetings highlight new fresh citrus introduction program

06/07/2013 01:31:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

citrus breeder jude grosserVicky 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:

July 31
9:30 a.m., Lake County IFAS Extension Office, Leesburg
1951 Woodlea Road
Tavares

2 p.m., IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center
700 Experiment Station Road
Lake Alfred

Aug. 1
9:30 a.m., Highlands County IFAS Extension Office
4509 George Blvd.
Sebring

2 p.m., UF Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
2685 State Road 29 North
Immokalee

Aug. 2
9:30 a.m., Indian River Research and Education Center
2199 South Rock Road
Ft. Pierce

2 p.m., Brevard County Extension Office
3695 Lake Drive
Cocoa

Seating is limited. Please RSVP by fax to (321) 214-0223 or email Lucy.Nieves@ffva.com



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