University of Florida Flower Bud Advisories and Thanksgiving Dinner Prices Up
**The University of Florida will resume providing growers regular flower bud advisories as the critical time for citrus grove management begins this winter.
According to www.morningagclips.com UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences restarted the advisories November 21 and will continue providing them every other week through the early spring.
Growers use this information to determine when to spray for Asian citrus psyllid control as well as when to stop pesticide spraying for pollination.
**Thanksgiving is an important holiday for spending time with family and friends and the American Farm Bureau’s 37th annual Thanksgiving Dinner survey provides a look at the cost of this year’s classic feast for 10.
This year’s price tag is $64.05, still under $6.50 per person, but up more than ten dollars from last year’s $53.31.
The centerpiece is the turkey, which costs $28.96 for a 16-pound bird, 21% higher than last year.
**The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Economic Confidence Index fell below growth-neutral for the sixth-consecutive month to its lowest level since 2020.
On a scale of one to 100, 50 represents growth neutral.
Almost 31% of bank CEOs in the survey recommend the Fed cease raising interest rates.
Despite the weaker rural outlook, only 14% say their bank had increased financial commitments on farm loans.