Florida citrus growers have until Jan. 29 if they're interested in signing up to participate in the new Fast Track program.
Under the program from the Maitland, Fla.-based New Varieties Development & Management Corp., participating growers will get to try out and evaluate nine new citrus selections, according to a news release.
They include three seedless mandarin hybrids, two high-quality seeded mandarin hybrids, one seedless pummelo hybrid, and three unique seeded pummelo.
Fast Track is a three-phase program.
Phase 1 is trial and evaluation where growers may plant 5-30 trees of each selection. Should a selection be identified as commercially viable, it moves to phase 2.
Phase 2 is for early commercial production, and only Phase 1 participants may plant trees in phase 2.
Phase 2 provides growers a 5-year head start, after which time all growers may plant in phase 3.
For more information, contact Peter Chaires, NVDMC executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-214-5214.