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Highmoor Farm Field Day, Summer Tour on July 31, 2013

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Highmoor Farm Field Day and Summer Tour

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Highmoor Farm, 52 US Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259
Registration fee is $20.00 (includes lunch).  Preregistration is strongly encouraged.

Contact Pam St. Peter at or 207.933.2100 to preregister.

Cost for registration (including lunch) is $20.00 per person and checks are to be made payable to University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

1 Pesticide Applicator recertification credit for the morning program and
1 Pesticide Applicator recertification credit for the afternoon tour

The Maine State Pomological Society and Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers Association will be joining with the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to hold a public field day at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, rain or shine.

High Tunnel Tomatoes

High Tunnel Tomatoes, photo by Danielle Murray

Highmoor Farm is the Field Research Station for fruits and vegetables, and has been working with Maine farmers to improve crop production since 1909, when the farm was purchased by the state to carry out research on orchard practices. For more than 100 years, researchers at Highmoor Farm have helped to develop cultural techniques, new varieties and pest management practices to improve the success of Maine’s vegetable and fruit farmers.

This year’s field day will include tours of current research projects in tree fruit, including new apple varieties with scab resistance, and projects in vegetables and berries, including grape and raspberry variety trials, sweet corn evaluations, pumpkin trials, broccoli evaluations, as well as high tunnel tomatoes, irrigation and compost application in high tunnels, trellis installation and ORSI picking platforms.


ORSI Picking Platform

ORSI Picking Platform, photo by Renae Moran

Participants may receive one Pesticide Applicator recertification credit for attending the morning program, and one Pesticide Applicator recertification credit for attending the tree fruit tour or the berry and vegetable tour. Growers are welcome to attend the whole day, or may come for just the morning or afternoon programs and tours. Whichever you decide, please plan to be there for lunch to share some time and informal discussion with fellow farmers, research and Extension staff and state officials.


9:00 AM Registration
9:15 AM Maine State Pomological Society Business Meeting
Margaret Hansel, President
9:30 AM Welcome and Introductions
Renae Moran, David Handley and Mark Hutton
9:45 AM University Announcements
Ed Ashworth, Maine Agricultural & Forest Experiment Station Director
John Rebar, UMaine Cooperative Extension Director
10:15 AM Bees and Neonicotinoid Insecticides: What’s the Risk?
Frank Drummond, UMaine School of Biology and Ecology
11:00 AM GAP Update for Fruit and Vegetable Growers
Linda Titus, AgMatters LLC
11:15 AM Break
11:30 AM Legislative Update
State Representatives James Dill and Jeffrey Timberlake
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Concurrent Experiment Station Research Tours
Tree Fruit Tour -
Renae Moran, Glen Koehler, and special guest Terry Bradshaw, University of Vermont Horticulture Research Center
Strategies for controlling apple scab in high density orchards, new apple varieties with scab resistance, grape varieties for the northeast, trellis installation, and ORSI picking platforms for labor efficiency. Sam Ricker will also talk about his research project on the use of foliar fertilizers to prevent frost damage of flowers.
Berry and Vegetable Tour -
David Handley and Mark Hutton
Pumpkin, sweet corn, broccoli and raspberry variety trials; spotted wing drosophila and other pests updates; and high tunnel tomatoes, irrigation and compost application in high tunnels.
3:00 PM Arthritis and Production Agriculture
Amber Wolfe, Arthritis Foundation AgrAbility Project Coordinator
Basics of arthritis as a disease, pain management, sources of joint stress and pain on the farm, operation changes, modifications to farm equipment, and assistive technology tools
4:00 PM Adjourn

Directions to Highmoor Farm, 52 US Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259 (207.933.2100)

Traveling North on I-95:  Drive north on the Maine Turnpike (I-95) and take Exit 86 in Sabattus. Turn left onto Route 9/Middle Road. Travel about 2 miles on Route 9 East, then turn left onto Route 132. After 4.5 miles, turn left onto Leeds Junction Road. Travel about 2.8 miles, then turn right onto U.S. Route 202 and travel about 1.3 miles up the road until you see Highmoor Farm on the right.

Traveling South on I-95:  Take Exit 109B in Augusta. Continue west on U.S. Route 202 and travel about 15 miles. Highmoor Farm will be on the left.

If you are a person with a disability and will need any accommodations to participate in this program, please call Pam St. Peter at the Highmoor Farm at 207.933.2100 or TDD 1.800.287.8957 to discuss your needs at least 7 days prior to this event.

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