Posts Tagged ‘apples’

Tree Fruit Preseason Meeting – March 5, 2014

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

apples

Tree Fruit Preseason Meeting

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
USM Lewiston-Auburn College, Room 170
51 Westminster Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240
Registration fee:  $20 per person, or $25 per person on the day of the meeting.

This meeting will provide pest and horticultural management updates for commercial, hobbyist, large and small-scale orchardists. The agenda and registration information are posted on UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Tree Fruit website.

Apple Growing Workshop for Beginners on April 28, 2012

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Apple Growing Workshop for Beginners

Saturday, April 28, 2012
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Circle B Farms, 287 East Presque Isle Road, Caribou, Maine
Hosted by Sam Blackstone
Registration Fee: $20.00 per person

This one-day workshop is for people who are new to growing apples and who are interested in growing apples for sale. The workshop will focus on getting started in commercial apple production, presented by Renae Moran and Glen Koehler, University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Participants may receive 1 Pesticide Applicator recertification credit for attending the workshop. Please let us know in advance if you plan to attend, so that we will have an accurate count for lunch. Contact Pam St. Peter at (207) 933-2100 or pamela.stpeter@maine.edu.

AGENDA

9:00 AM Welcome and Sign-in
10:00 AM Varieties and Rootstocks
Commonly grown apple varieties – their strengths and weaknesses
Dwarfing and semi-dwarfing rootstocks – how and why they are used
10:30 AM Pruning Techniques for Modern Training Systems
11:30 AM Apple Diseases and Insects
12:00 PM Lunch Break Lunch provided by Circle B Farms.
1:00 PM Pollination and Fruit Thinning
1:30 PM Fertility, Harvest and Storage
2:00 PM Pruning Demo in the Orchard (weather permitting)


Directions

The address for Circle B Farms is 287 East Presque Isle Road, Caribou. The farm is located on Route 205, 1.5 miles south of Route 161 on the east side of the Aroostook River. Look for the sign. A map is available at: http://www.circlebfarmsinc.com/directions.html.

For more information, contact Renae Moran at (207) 933-2100 or email rmoran@maine.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and will need any accommodations to participate in this program, please call Pam St. Peter at (207) 933-2100 to discuss your needs, TDD 1-800-287-8957 (in Maine). Please contact us at least one week prior to this event to assure fullest possible attention to your needs.

Apple Tree Pruning and Grafting Class on April 14, 2012

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Overcut Pruning on Apple Tree

Photo by Marjorie Peronto, UMaine Cooperative Extension

Apple Tree Pruning and Grafting Class

Saturday, April 14, 2012
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, Maine
Pre-registration is not required.

Learn to prune fruit trees with Renae Moran, University of Maine tree fruit specialist. A one-hour lecture will be followed by a demonstration in the orchard and a chance to prune apple, peach, pear and plum trees. There is no charge for the class, but please bring your own pruning tools and lunch. After lunch, there will be a grafting demonstration.

Directions

Traveling North on I-95: Take Exit 75 off the Maine Turnpike in Auburn (left turn off the exit ramp). Go through Lewiston and travel east about 16 miles on Route 202. Highmoor is on your right.

Traveling South on I-95: Take Exit 109b off I-95 in Augusta and travel west on Route 202 approximately 16 miles. Highmoor is on your left.

If you are a person with a disability and will need any accommodations to participate in this program, please call the Highmoor Farm at (207) 933-2100 to discuss your needs, TDD 1-800-287-8957 (in Maine). Please contact us at least one week prior to this event to assure fullest possible attention to your needs.

For more information, contact Renae Moran at (207) 933-2100, Ext. 105, or email rmoran@maine.edu.

Starting Your Commercial Apple Business Workshop on April 7, 2012

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Starting Your Commercial Apple Business Workshop

Saturday, April 7, 2012
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Highmoor Farm, 52 US Route 202, Monmouth, Maine
No cost for the workshop. Pre-registration is not required.


This one-day workshop is for people who are new to growing apples and who are interested in growing apples for sale. The workshop will focus on getting started in commercial apple production, presented by Renae Moran and Glen Koehler, University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Participants may receive 2 Pesticide Applicator recertification credits for attending the workshop.

AGENDA

10:00 AM Varieties and Rootstocks
Commonly grown apple varieties – their strengths and weaknesses
Dwarfing and semi-dwarfing rootstocks – how and why they are used
10:30 AM Pruning Techniques for Modern Training Systems
11:30 AM Apple Diseases
12:00 PM Lunch Break Bring your own lunch; beverages provided.
12:30 PM Pollination and Fruit Thinning
1:00 PM Apple Insect Pests
1:30 PM Fertility, Harvest and Storage
2:00 PM Break (snacks provided)
2:15 PM Organic and Synthetic Pesticide Safety, Sprayer Calibration
2:30 PM Making Your Management Calendar
3:00 PM Pruning Demo in the Orchard (weather permitting)


Directions

Traveling North on I-95:
Take Exit 75 off the Maine Turnpike in Auburn (left turn off the exit ramp). Go through Lewiston and travel east about 17.9 miles on Route 202. Highmoor will be on your right.

Traveling South on I-95: Take Exit 109B off I-95 in Augusta and travel west on Route 202 approximately 15.7 miles. Highmoor will be on your left.

 

For more information, contact Renae Moran at (207) 933-2100 or email rmoran@maine.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and will need any accommodations to participate in this program, please call Pam St. Peter at (207) 933-2100 to discuss your needs, TDD 1-800-287-8957 (in Maine). Please contact us at least one week prior to this event to assure fullest possible attention to your needs.

Apple Pre-Season IPM Meeting on March 14, 2012

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

ApplesWednesday, March 14, 2012
8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Highmoor Farm, 52 U.S. Route 202, Monmouth, ME
Registration fee: $15.00 per person.

This meeting will provide pest and horticultural management updates for large and small scale orchardists. Participants may receive 3 Pesticide Applicator recertification credits for attending the program. The cost is $15.00 per person to cover lunch. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please let us know in advance if you plan to attend, so that we will have an accurate count for lunch. Contact Pam St. Peter at (207) 933-2100 or pamela.stpeter@maine.edu.

AGENDA

8:30 AM COFFEE, MEET AND GREET
9:00 AM Scab Management Issues for 2012 – Resistance, Sanitation, Timing and Coverage
Glen Koehler, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Pest Management Office
9:30 AM Dealing with Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in the Mid-Atlantic
Starker Wright, USDA ARS Lab in Kearneysville, West Virginia
10:15 AM Crop Insurance Update
Tori Jackson, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties
10:30 AM BREAK
10:45 AM Horticultural Updates
Renae Moran, UMaine Extension, Highmoor Farm Agricultural Experiment Station
11:15 AM Grower Practices Survey
Everybody!
12:00 PM LUNCH
12:45 PM New Methods for Managing Old Pests: Plum Curculio, Apple Maggot, and Dogwood Borer
Starker Wright
1:30 PM What USDA Pesticide Residue Testing Found on Apples and
2012 Extension Apple IPM Program
Glen Koehler
2:00 PM Board of Pesticides Control Update
Gary Fish, Maine Department of Agriculture

Sponsors:

  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension
  • USDA Risk Management Agency
  • University of Maine Crop Insurance Education Program
  • Crop Protections Services, Lewiston, Maine
  • Northeast Agricultural Sales, Inc., Leeds, Maine

Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Pam St. Peter at (207) 933-2100 ext. 100 to discuss their needs at least seven days in advance, or at 1-800-287-8957 (voice and TDD).