Irrigation management survey for tropical fruit crops in South Florida

Yuncong Li, Jonathan Crane, Brian Boman, Carlos Balerdi

Abstract


Irrigation is critical management for tropical fruit production in south Florida. Little is known of current irrigation practices used on tropical fruit crops. A survey of avocado, Tahiti' lime, mango, carambola, lychee, longan, mamey sapote, and papaya was conducted to obtain background information on current irrigation practices including system, rates, timing, frequency and perceived information needs. The survey was carried out during the summer and fall of 1998 and the data compiled and analyzed in 1999. Of the 108 surveys mailed, 53 commercial growers responded. Irrigation practices varied widely among commodities and growers. This baseline information will give us the opportunity to design extension and research programs to address the needs of growers.

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283