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The Results of a UF/IFAS Study on Controlled-Release Fertilizer


by MIKE ROBERTS

Nutrition is a major force in the fight to combat the citrus production losses caused by citrus greening. A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) horticulturist, Tripti Vashisth, shares the results of a recent study that indicates that citrus yield and fruit quality can be improved with constant nutrition supplied by controlled-release fertilizer, according to a Citrus Industry article.

Results of the Study

Vashisth maintains that the study saw the most improvement in fruit quality with manganese and boron. “We are seeing improvement when we are increasing the rate of manganese and boron about 20 to 50 percent from what the IFAS recommendation was,” she stated in the article.

Growers are looking for any treatment or option that can help their citrus trees to produce in the face of citrus greening. The disease has severely affected citrus production, with both yields and the trees suffering. Vashisth shared the results of the study at the Citrus Expo in August and other similar meetings in the fall of 2018.

Griffin Fertilizer carries an array of fertilizer products containing manganese, boron, and other micronutrients, such as Griffin 4-0-8, Griffin 4-0-8 with Assimilate™ , Griffin 4-0-8 with Agro-Mos. Explore our fertilizer products at griffinfertilizer.com/products for more details.

Here at Griffin Fertilizer, our team can assist you in developing a fertility program that helps your crop perform at its best while practicing the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship (right source, right rate, right time, right place).  You can contact any of our team at 863-635-2281 or visit our website at GriffinFertilizer.com.

This column is sponsored by Griffin Fertilizer Co., and the opinions expressed herein may not reflect those of CFAN or of its advertisers.

BIO: Mike Roberts is the Vice President of the Frostproof, Fla.-based Griffin Fertilizer Co. Roberts joined the company in November 2011. He has spent the majority of his career in the fertilizer/agchem industry. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science degree in citrus production from Florida Southern College in Lakeland. For more information, visit griffinfertilizer.com.