Sweet Corn IPM Newsletter No. 1 – June 27, 2014

June 30th, 2014 9:02 AM

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Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Sweet Corn Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 1, June 27, 2014, “2014 Sweet Corn Pest Season Begins!

UMaine Extension’s Integrated Pest Management Program Cited in Press Herald Article

June 25th, 2014 9:22 AM

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s integrated pest management (IPM) programs were mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about local organic strawberries being limited in Maine. Cathy Karonis of Fairwinds Farm in Bowdoinham said she has contemplated going organic, but can’t risk crop failure or inconsistent quality on her 14 acres of strawberries. Karonis said she follows UMaine Extension’s IPM reports and sprays when necessary. IPM is a comprehensive, decision-making process for solving pest problems. It is a sustainable approach providing economical control with the least possible hazard, to people, property and the environment.

Strawberry IPM Newsletter No. 5 – June 20, 2014

June 20th, 2014 2:09 PM

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Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Strawberry Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 5, June 20, 2014, “Harvest Starts in Southern Maine.”

Press Herald Publishes Feature on Dill

June 17th, 2014 9:44 AM

The Portland Press Herald published a feature for its “Meet” series on James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Dill, a tick expert, was interviewed at the UMaine Extension Tick ID Lab in Orono. He spoke about the increase in ticks, and gave advice on tick protection. Dill said about 100 people visit the lab for tick identification in an average year, and he has already seen about 70 this year. “The whole tick and bed bug issue has become so rampant in the last five years,” he said. “It’s really on the forefront of people’s minds.”

Strawberry IPM Newsletter No. 4 – June 13, 2014

June 13th, 2014 1:02 PM

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Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Strawberry Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 4, June 13, 2014, “Early Fields Getting Ready for Harvest.”

Growers Twilight Meeting – June 11, 2014

June 10th, 2014 10:53 AM

GROWERS TWILIGHT MEETING

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Fairwinds Farm, across from 555 Brown’s Point Road, Bowdoinham, ME 04008
Tel. 207.522.5064
Cost:  Free
No registration is required.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers Association will hold a twilight meeting at Fairwinds Farm in Bowdoinham on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, please visit UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Highmoor Farm website.

Strawberry IPM Newsletter No. 3 – June 6, 2014

June 9th, 2014 2:11 PM

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Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Strawberry Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 3, June 6, 2014, “Strawberry Growth Slow but Steady as Harvest Approaches.”

Don’t Forget to Vaccinate Your Horse (and Protect Yourself)

June 4th, 2014 12:09 PM

blood-filled mosquitoDonald E Hoenig, VMD, is author to a new blog for Maine farmers called Made in Maine: Thoughts on Food, Animals and Agriculture. His most recent blog post, Don’t Forget to Vaccinate Your Horse (and Protect Yourself), describes the signs and symptoms of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), how it is transmitted, and what to do to protect your horses and yourself.

Dr. Hoenig retired as the Maine State Veterinarian in 2012 and, after completing a year-long Congressional Fellowship in Sen. Susan Collins’ office in Washington DC last year, in January 2014 he started working as a part-time Extension Veterinarian for University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Submit questions and comments to dochoenigvmd78@gmail.com. Answers to selected questions will appear in future blog posts.

Strawberry IPM Newsletter No. 2 – May 30, 2014

May 30th, 2014 2:53 PM

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Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Strawberry Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 2, May 30, 2014, “Strawberry Pests Now Active Despite Cool, Wet Weather.”

What’s That Weed? UMaine Extension Knows

May 29th, 2014 10:52 AM
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Rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica L.) in flower, June. Photo by Jennifer Cote.

Common weeds that invade vegetable, fruit, and other cultivated crops will be the focus of the walk led by Extension Educator Donna Coffin. She’ll have references available for those who want to learn how to identify and manage weeds. Participants are encouraged to bring a digital photo of problematic weeds in their farms and gardens. Two hours of pesticide recertification credit are available for private pesticide applicators.

For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Coffin at 207.564.3301,800.287.1491 (in Maine), or donna.coffin@maine.edu. Details also are available at calendar.umaine.edu/events/.