As the 2022–2023 harvest season kicks off, Glenn Beck of Beck Bros. Citrus hopes this will be a better season than last year. He has witnessed the groves he owns and manages suffer the effects of HLB over the years.
Beck has deployed plant growth regulators, which have been the focus of much attention and research in the past couple of years. He’s not following any particular formula other than multiple applications of gibberellic acid, 2,4-D and brassinosteroids.
Beck is hopeful the applications will help move the needle in the right direction. In mid-September, there were some positive signs. A good portion of the fruit on the trees was in the size range that tend to hold onto the tree better. If the fruit holds, Beck says some of his groves should produce yields well above what has become standard with HLB endemic across the state.
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