Recently, we’ve been looking at different roostocks for our citrus plantings. As seen in this mind map, there are no less than 15 or 20 different information sources that need to be considered. Much of this information is gathered over time, but there comes a point where you to refresh your memory to see if anything has changed since the last time you looked. How do you access and manage all the information that goes into making this kind of decision? If you’re like most people, you talk to others, email back and forth, read and you probably check 20 or so websites for the most recent information. That’s a lot of work, and becomes even more so if you have to do it more than once. I can’t disclose all the details yet, but I’m working with the University of Florida on a solution that will help growers make better rootstock decisions. Stay tuned for more later!
We started collecting tissue sample this week. This will help us work out the optimum nutrition program for the trees. Depending on these results, we might also start soil tests, too. These are the hands of Drew Dyess from Plant Food Systems, who is helping out.
• Aperture:ƒ/2.4• Camera:iPhone 5• Taken:October 6, 2014• Focal length:4.12mm• ISO:50• Location:27° 55′ 53.08″ N 81° 54′ 8.5″ W• Shutter speed:1/570s
Today, we’re starting an experiment to see if olive trees will tolerate the caretaking conditions we typically apply to citrus groves. In the instance shown in this photo, this is one of several olive trees planting within a new planting of citrus. This is far attention more than commercial olives would see in practice, but it’s a step in the direction to see what’s involved if we want to start retrofitting citrus groves with olive trees. Perhaps this might be gradual replacement or not, but this experiment will allow us to get olives in a wide variety of locations to see how they perform over time.
• Aperture:ƒ/2.8• Camera:DMC-LX7• Taken:September 10, 2014• Flash fired:yes• Focal length:4.7mm• ISO:100• Shutter speed:1/320s
This photo shows a tag on a newly planted tree in a Florida citrus grove. This tag (placed on the tree while it is a nursery) tells the story about the tree, such as the variety, rootstock, date grown, etc. This is important for ensuring quality and consistency in the trees that are placed in the groves.
• Aperture:ƒ/2.4• Camera:iPhone 5• Taken:September 4, 2013• Focal length:4.13mm• ISO:50• Location:27° 56.27′ 0″ N 81° 53.42′ 0″ W• Shutter speed:1/467s
This photo shows a microjet irrigation system in place and ready to irrigate young citrus trees when they are planted in the field. The black line running from the front of the photo to the rear is the line itself that water runs through, and the orange stake contains a small outlet, called a microjet, from which water will be sprayed on the trees.
• Aperture:ƒ/2.8• Credit:STEVE ROGERS• Camera:DMC-LX7• Taken:May 13, 2013• Focal length:4.7mm• ISO:80• Location:27° 56′ 27.25″ N 81° 54′ 13.71″ W• Shutter speed:1/200s
This photograph shows a Florida citrus grove prepared for planting. The tree rows have been cleared of vegetation and a microjet line was laid down to provide irrigation. The space between the rows has been seeded with grass to help build organic matter in the soil and reduce dust and erosion from rain. In the background on the left, you can see an older citrus grove.