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The Ledger reports on a new irrigation program developed by Lake Alfred-based researcher Arnold Schumann and presented at the 2014 Citrus Expo. Schumann’s work will help growers become more efficient in their caretaking practices.

The article notes that the irrigation program can contribute to faster growth rates, which is crucial in an era when citrus greening has reduced the life expectancy of commercial crops to less than half of their projected life span, before citrus greening arose in 2005.