Tree Fruit Pre-Season Meeting

February 25th, 2015 10:51 AM

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
8:00/9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Lewiston Auburn College
51 Westminster Street, Lewiston, Maine

apples on treeEveryone is welcome to attend. This meeting will provide pest and horticultural management updates for commercial, hobbyist, large and small-scale orchardists. Four pesticide applicator recertification credits will be awarded for attending 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration cost is $15 per person at the door, which includes lunch and breaks, and helps cover costs to host the meeting. For questions, contact Glen Koehler at glen.koehler@maine.edu or 207.581.3882.

AGENDA

Optional pre-meeting presentation for folks who are interested.

8:00 a.m.: Interpreting Weather Forecasts, Glen Koehler, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

8:30 a.m.: Registration, coffee and donuts provided by Randy Drown, Crop Protection Services

Regular meeting

9:00 a.m.: Adjuvants 101, Dwane Miller, Penn State University Cooperative Extension

10:00 a.m.: A Comparison of Production Costs of Plum, Apple, and Peach, and Notes on Tree Fruit Production in Lebanon, Dr. Renae Moran, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

10:45 a.m.: Break, provided by Milton Sinclair, Paris Farmers Union

11:00 a.m.: Recent Progress and Future Prospects for Improved Chemical Thinning of Apples, Dr. Duane Greene, University of Massachusetts

12:00 p.m.: Lunch, pizza buffet with salad, drinks, and dessert

12:45 a.m.: Maine State Pomological Society Update, Andy Ricker, Ricker Hill Farm

1:15 p.m.: Methods to Prevent Pesticide Drift, Glen Koehler

1:45 p.m.: New or Revised Suggestions for Using Plant Growth Regulators in the Orchard, Dr. Duane Greene, University of Massachusetts

2:45 p.m.: Break, Provided by Paul Peters, Northeast Agricultural Sales

3:00 p.m.: Insect and Disease Pest Management Update, Glen Koehler

3:30 p.m.: Board of Pesticides Control Update, Henry Jennings, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

4:00 p.m.: Adjourn

Directions

From the Turnpike (I-95): COMING FROM THE SOUTH, take exit 80. Take a left at the light at the end of the exit, and then take your first right onto Lisbon Street (Rt. 196) headed for Lisbon Falls. Turn left at the second stoplight (Maine Public Broadcasting will be on your left) onto Westminster Street. USM’s Lewiston-Auburn Campus is towards the top of the hill on the right, after Ryder Truck.

From the Turnpike (I-95): COMING FROM THE NORTH, take exit 80. Bear right coming off the exit to get onto Lisbon Street (Rt. 196) headed for Lisbon Falls. About 100 meters after you get onto Lisbon Street, you will cross Pleasant Street. After another 100 meters, the next intersection is Westminster Street (Maine Public Broadcasting will be on your left). Turn left onto Westminster Street for about 0.3 mile. USM’s Lewiston-Auburn Campus is towards the top of the hill on the right, after Ryder Truck.

Maine Vegetable and Fruit School – March 10 and 11, 2015

February 5th, 2015 12:12 PM

Highmoor FarmMaine Vegetable and Fruit School 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Keeley’s Banquet Center, Portland, Maine

OR

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Bangor Motor Inn Conference Center, Bangor, Maine

Registration Fee: $40.00, includes lunch

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please preregister by February 27, 2015.

This day-long school is offered for Maine farmers on two dates at two locations: March 10 in Portland or March 11 in Bangor. The agenda and registration form are posted on UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Highmoor Farm website.

Hoskins Dishes on Dirt in Sun Journal

January 8th, 2015 2:41 PM

Bruce Hoskins, assistant scientist of Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Sun Journal column that listed 10 things to get excited about this year. Hoskins remarked on the U.N. General Assembly naming 2015 the International Year of Soils. “People just kind of take it for granted. It really is the foundation for all plant production, food production,” said Hoskins, whose lab annually tests 15,000 soil samples then suggests how to improve crop production.

Dill Speaks with Sun Journal About Common Winter Pests

January 5th, 2015 2:09 PM

James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Sun Journal for an article about insects that are common in Maine during the winter. Dill spoke about several pests and how to cope with them, including snow fleas, western conifer seed bugs, northern house mosquitoes, winter moths and spiders and Asian lady beetles. “It used to be when I first started, people would say, ‘Oh, boy, it must be boring during the winter being an entomologist,’” Dill said. “With the things that have come in, and looking at pests and you name it, there’s truly not a slow time of year anymore.”

Dill Quoted in Press Herald Article on Lyme Disease, New Lab

December 10th, 2014 1:00 PM

James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for an article about the state’s increase in Lyme disease cases and the new research lab at UMaine that will help with treatment. In November, voters approved an $8 million bond to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to build a new animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory. Testing at the lab will allow researchers to more quickly get information on infected ticks to doctors, which would increase the effectiveness of treatments, Dill told the Press Herald. He said the waiting period for Lyme test results should decrease from several weeks to about 48 hours.

PPH Reports on Plight of Honeybees

December 9th, 2014 8:37 AM

The Portland Press Herald covered a conference sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry that focused on the plight of honeybees. Honeybees experience colony collapse disorder and presenters said perils for the bees include pesticides, malnutrition, being attacked by mites and being overworked.

Pesticide Training Offered for Growers

December 1st, 2014 12:22 PM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering growers a training session for the Bureau of Pesticide Control (BPC) private pesticide applicator core exam. Training will be 3–6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at the UMaine Extension Oxford County office, 9 Olson Road, South Paris. Participants also have the option of taking the exam 6–7:30 p.m.

Effective April 1, 2015, a new Maine state law requires a pesticide license for fruit, vegetable and grain growers who use only general-use (over-the-counter) pesticides, and annually sell more than $1,000 of plants or plant products intended for human consumption. Each operation must have at least one licensed owner or employee on the farm. To qualify for the license, the candidate must pass the private pesticide applicator core exam.

Cost for training is $10. For more information, to register for the training or request a disability accommodation, contact Barbara Murphy, 207.743.6329, barbara.murphy@maine.edu.

Highbush Blueberry School – January 15, 2015

December 1st, 2014 9:39 AM

Blueberries on bushHighbush Blueberry School 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015
10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
Registration Fee: $15.00

PREREGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Please preregister by January 9, 2015.

The Highbush Blueberry School will be offered for those who are interested in growing highbush blueberries as a commercial enterprise. The agenda and registration information are posted on UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Highmoor Farm website.

Media Report Voters Approve Question 2, Funds for Biosecure Lab

November 5th, 2014 11:27 AM

The Associated Press, Bangor Daily News, Inside Higher Ed, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Portland Press Herald and WLBZ (Channel 2) reported voters approved Question 2 on the Maine ballot. The bond will give $8 million to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to build a new animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory. The lab will be biosecure. Sun Journal, WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) and SFGate carried the AP report.

Media Report on Question 2, Proposed Pest Lab

November 3rd, 2014 3:51 PM

Question 2 on the Maine ballot was mentioned in reports by the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and Portland Press Herald. The bond would give $8 million to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to build a new animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory. John Rebar, executive director of UMaine Extension, and Jim Dill, a pest management specialist with UMaine Extension, spoke with MPBN about the importance of building a biosecure lab. Dill also spoke about bed bugs for the Press Herald article. Question 2 also was included in an Associated Press article about all six bond proposals Maine voters will be faced with. The Kansas City Star, Seacoast Online and Charlotte Observer carried the AP report.