Florida citrus growers who want to get a head start on new fresh-market varieties can learn more about the Fast Track program at a series of upcoming meetings.
Fast Track, a cooperative effort among the Florida Foundation Seed Producers Inc., University of Florida and the New Varieties Development & Management Corp., enlists growers to evalute new varieties.
This is intended to speed the time necessary to commercialize promising new varieties, according to a news release.
The first group of nine varieties was offered in August 2013, and 61 growers registered to offer trial sites.
The next set of three selections—a grapefruit, a tangerine-type and a unique navel-like hybrid—will be the subject of the meetings.
Representatives from the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Plant Improvement Team and/or seed produceres will be at each meeting to answer questions.
2 p.m. Southwest Florida Research & Education Center (Auditorium) 2685 SR 29 North, Immokalee, Fla. This meeting is immediately after the Citrus Expo. Travel from the expo site is about 50 minutes.
9:30 a.m. Lake County IFAS Extension Office (Training Room A), 1951 Woodlea Rd., Tavares.
2 p.m. IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center (Room 101), 700 Experiment Station Rd., Lake Alfred.
Note: Plans for a north Florida meeting were not finalized at this time. If a meeting is set in Quincy or Marianna, it will be announced separately.
Seating may be limited. Please RSVP by fax to 321-214-0223 or email Lucy.Nieves@ffva.com.