The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Vegetable & Small Fruit Growers Association will hold a sprayer calibration clinic for airblast sprayers at David Pike’s Farm to You in Farmington on Tuesday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m. – RAIN OR SHINE. George Hamilton with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension will demonstrate new tools for making sure your sprayer is delivering the correct rate of pesticides to your crops. Having a sprayer properly calibrated will improve the effectiveness of your sprays, and can save you money by reducing the amount of pesticide used and reducing crop losses due to pests. Participants will receive two pesticide applicator recertification credits.
The calibration clinic will be followed at 5:00 p.m. by a tour of David Pike’s strawberry and vegetable fields. David has been a leader in innovative strawberry production techniques, including raised beds, plastic mulch, fertigation, fall cropping, and season extension. There will be some new low tunnel technology on display, as well as replant experiments and new varieties on trial. One pesticide applicator recertification credit will be awarded for the meeting.
Pike’s Farm to You is located at 115 Mount View Road (near the corner of Routes 2 & 4 and the Whittier Road) in Farmington, Maine 04938. There will be signs posted. The farm phone number is 207.778.2187. Cost for the clinic is free and no registration is required. For more information, please contact David Handley at 207.933.2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Pam St. Peter at 207.933.2100 or TDD 1.800.287.8957 to discuss their needs at least 7 days in advance.