- Pest reports for the 2013 season are underway.
- Soil and Nutrient Management for Berry Crops — During the winter and spring of 2011-2012, I participated in a 12-part “Soil and Nutrient Management for Berry Crops” webinar series. I found them quite valuable and informative, so I have attempted to capture (and share online) key content from the series that might be helpful for cranberry growers. Topic #1: Introduction to Soil Management [pdf]; Topic #2: Soil Testing and Sampling Procedures [pdf]; Topic #3: Interpretation of Soil Test Results [pdf]
- UMaine Extension has created an online video about how to use and preserve Maine cranberries.
- 2011 Harvest Stories: 1) Popp Farm (Kennebec Journal): “How very, very cranberry“ 2) UMaine News Release (10/26/11)
- Check out the UMaine Extension site illustrating weeds associated with Maine wild blueberries (we have many–if not all–of the same weeds in common): Maine Wild Blueberry Weed Photos
- Another UMaine Extension website was launched recently as well — the purpose of this one is to assist new farmers in Maine! Check it out! http://extension.umaine.edu/new-farmers/
- Wisconsin’s 2010 cranberry harvest was their second-highest ever. We in Maine can hold our heads up high as well, as 2010 saw our largest ever cranberry harvest (over 29,000 barrels, or 2.9 million+ pounds)! You can link to our Harvest Figures page for a more detailed look at our numbers.
- “Cranberry suppliers look overseas as supply escalates“ (by MEGAN WOOLHOUSE of The Boston Globe – August 9th, 2010).
- August 9th: Check out the relatively new grower cooperative — United Cranberry Growers Cooperative. It is based in Wisconsin but invites independent growers, wherever in the world you may reside, to join them.
- Check out the free site called “Maine Ag Trader“ where you can buy, sell, swap, and trade agricultural equipment. Also, from there, you can join their partner site, mefoodtrader.org, in order to try to sell your cranberry produce directly to Maine consumers! [see also the MPBN Story].
Past Harvest (and other) Stories:
- MPBN’s “Maine Things Considered” [Special thanks to Kathy LaPlant].
- Bangor Daily News [Special thanks to Sid & Sharon Look].
- Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram [Special thanks to Harry Ricker of Ricker Hill Orchards]
- [TV] WLBZ Channel 2 in Bangor [Special thanks to Kathy LaPlant]]
- Some great Television PR: Alton Brown of the Food Network featured cranberries on his “Good Eats” program.
Cranberry questions? Contact Charles Armstrong, Cranberry Professional. University of Maine Cooperative Extension || Pest Management Office || 491 College Avenue || Orono, ME 04473-1295 || Tel: 207.581.2967 [email: email@example.com]