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Florida Citrus: A Comprehensive Guide

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Florida's citrus industry is a vital part of the state's economy.  Sweeping changes and several natural disasters have impacted Florida over recent years, including hurricanes and the spread of citrus canker and greening diseases.  These circumstances demanded a restructuring of virtually every aspect of the citrus industry.  Florida Citrus: A Comprehensive Guide is a complete guide for current practices and future changes resulting from these events. 

This essential guide is a necessary reference for anyone with a vested interest in the Florida citrus industry.  Each self-contained chapter offers a quick and practical overview of its particular topic, with illustrated examples that show these practices in operation and how they connect to other related areas of Florida citrus.  A special feature of this book is "Outlook on the Future," which addresses citrus canker, greening and other exotic diseases and how their presence will impact current practices.  Whether you are a grower who's been in the business for years or a new real-estate investor considering the purchase of citrus property, Florida Citrus: A Comprehensive Guide is the one reference that presents all the vital information in one place. 

Contents:  Industry overview, Network for implementation of ICM (Integrated Crop Management), The citrus manager, Targeting the marketplace: fresh vs. processed, Variety development, clonal protection & nursery tree selection, Site selection, Site preparation & engineering, Essentials of nursery management, Grove design, Establishing the irrigation system, Grove planting & early care, Introduction to citrus grove management, Tree growth, development & productivity, Influence of environmental stresses on tree growth & productivity, Cold protection, Water management, Nutrient management, Grove floor vegetation management, Integrated plant protection, Integrated crop scouting, Materials application technology, Management of tree size, shape & crop load, Plant growth regulators, Meteorological data collection & application, Fruit quality, Fruit harvesting, handling, & transport, Fresh citrus utilization, Citrus processing, Energy utilization, Labor requirements, Marketing, Forecasting citrus production, Grove maintenance: renovation, replant & abandonment options, Crop damage: documenting & recovering economic losses, Civic action & the industry, Regulatory agencies & environment assessment, Purchasing & leasing grove property, Economics, Risk management, Incorporating wildlife needs in citrus culture, Sustainability of commercial citrus production, Appendix: Additional sources of information, Abbreviations, Contributors. 

David PH Tucker, J Steven Rogers, Edward W Stover & Michael R Ziegler, 2007, 413 p, soft.  $30.00

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