MAINE CRANBERRY WORKSHOPS and/or EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Cranberry Weeds Workshop with Hilary Sandler from the UMass Cranberry Experiment Station.
When?: Monday, Aug. 10th, 1:00 pm to 3:00/3:30 pm
Where?: Starting at Blueberry Hill Farm in Jonesboro, then heading to a nearby cranberry farm no later than 2 pm.
Join us as Hilary walks us through the highlights of a new cranberry weed ID guide, and provides examples of characteristics that will help you ID weeds on your own. All are welcome to bring a few weeds with you for Hilary to identify. 2 pesticide credits will be awarded for those with pesticide applicator licenses. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Charles Armstrong at (207) 581-2967 to discuss their needs.
SOIL & NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT for BERRY CROPS
Note from Charles Armstrong: During the winter and spring of 2011-2012, I participated in a 12-part “Soil and Nutrient Management for Berry Crops” webinar series, a project that was funded by NE SARE (Northeast Sustainable Research and Education Program), and which was organized by Marvin Pritts (Professor of Horticulture at Cornell Univ.) and Cathy Heidenreich (Extension Berry Specialist at Cornell Univ.). 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] – [Oct. 7, 2011] Dr. Harold van Es, Cornell University [professor of soil and water management / soil physics]
- Topic #2: Soil Testing and Sampling Procedures [pdf] – [Oct. 14, 2011] Ms. Janet Fallon, Certified Crop Advisor; works at Dairy One Forage Lab / Agro-One Soils Lab in Ithaca, NY.
- Topic #3: Interpretation of Soil Test Results [pdf] – [Nov. 4, 2011] Dr. Marvin Pritts, Cornell University, Professor & Chair, Dept of Horticulture (has a concentration in Small Fruit Production); Online Profile for Dr. Pritts.
- more topics still to come!
PBS NATURE: Silence of the Bees
Borrow this 1-hour DVD on the topic of Colony Collapse Disorder, submit to the Maine BPC your answers to 18 short-answer questions that accompany it, and if you score at least 15/18, you will earn 1 pesticide re-certification credit. We have two copies of the DVD (only 1 currently available, however).
Copy 1: available
Copy 2: on loan
MASSACHUSETTS WORKSHOPS / MEETINGS:
Visit the UMass Cranberry Experiment Station’s Calendar on their website at:
NOTE: Maine growers can get pesticide recertification credits, too, for Massachusetts and other out-of-state workshops if you provide some sort of proof of attendance (including a copy of the agenda) afterwards to the Maine Board of Pesticides Control.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org]