New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference – December 17-19, 2013

November 18th, 2013 10:48 AM

New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference and Trade Show
Tuesday through Thursday, December 17-19, 2013
Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire

The New England Vegetable and Fruit (NEVF) Conference will include more than 25 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer to Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion on certain issues. There is also an extensive Trade Show with over 100 exhibitors.

The conference is put together with close collaboration between growers and Cooperative Extension from across the region. This is a great opportunity to meet with fellow growers, advisors, researchers, and industry representatives.

For more information and to register, please visit the NEVF Conference website,

Dill Talks to WLBZ about Fruit Flies in the Home

November 5th, 2013 9:06 AM

James Dill, pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WLBZ (Channel 2) about a possible increase in fruit flies in Maine homes. Dill said his office has already taken many complaints from residents dealing with fruit flies, and he’s not sure why they seem to be more of a problem this year. He said the best way to get rid of the pests is to throw away or refrigerate ripe fruit and use either homemade or commercial fruit fly traps.

Hutton Talks about Pumpkin Crop in Press Herald Blog

October 29th, 2013 8:50 AM

Mark Hutton, a vegetable specialist and associate professor of vegetable crops with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke about Maine’s pumpkin crop in the latest entry of the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources.” Hutton said overall it was a pretty good year for pumpkin production in Maine despite excessive rainfall.

Press Herald Blog Previews Cooperative Extension Workshop

October 7th, 2013 10:17 AM

The latest entry of the Portland Press Herald blog, “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources,” previewed a two-night honeybee disease and pest management workshop at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s office in Falmouth on November 5 and 12, 2013. Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes will teach the workshop.

Pesticide Applicator Training – November 14, 2013

October 2nd, 2013 2:01 PM

Pesticide Applicator License Exam Training

Thursday, November 14, 2013
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, Maine
Registration fee is $10.00. Lunch cost is additional $15.00 (optional).

The Core pesticide training and exam will be offered in the morning, followed by lunch. There will be Orchard Fruit Commodity AND Vegetable Commodity trainings and exams offered concurrently in the afternoon.

Please visit UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Tree Fruit website to register online and for more information.

Fruit Growers Alert 9/30/13: Spotted Wing Drosophila Counts Remain at High Levels

October 1st, 2013 9:26 AM
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

We continue to capture spotted wing drosophila flies at all of our monitoring sites from southern, mid-state and coastal Maine.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the September 30, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Counts Remain at High Levels,” where you can subscribe to updates.

Watt Quoted in BDN Article on Fall Foliage

September 23rd, 2013 1:24 PM

Bruce Watt, a plant disease diagnostician with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke to the Bangor Daily News for the article “Good outlook for foliage despite pockets of discoloring leaf fungus in Maine.” Watt said he has had fewer diseased leaf samples sent to him this year than in past years, which makes him think the fungus is less widespread.

Drummond’s Research Cited in Scientific American Article on Beekeeping

September 13th, 2013 11:38 AM

A Scientific American article titled “The mind-boggling math of migratory beekeeping” cites research conducted by Frank Drummond, a University of Maine entomologist and blueberry pollination expert, and his colleagues. Drummond’s research, which was conducted among flowering blueberry bushes, determined a honey bee forages for four hours and visits an average of 1,200 flowers a day.

New publication: Preventing Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Virus in Maine

September 13th, 2013 10:24 AM

3 horses in pasture; photo by C. Eves-ThomasEastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a preventable, but fatal, disease. Horses (and other equine species) are the most sensitive to the disease, but other domestic animals, including llamas and alpacas and some bird species, can be affected by EEE. Unfortunately, this disease can also affect humans — if they are bitten by mosquitoes that carry the virus. Learn more about the transmission and prevention of EEE in Bulletin #1003, Preventing Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Virus in Maine. Printed color copies can be ordered from the UMaine Extension Publications Catalog.

UMaine to Take Part in Bug Maine-ia, Free Press Reports

September 12th, 2013 2:18 PM

The Free Press reported the University of Maine and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be two of 18 exhibitors at Bug Maine-ia at the Maine State Museum in Augusta on September 11, 2013. The exhibitors will provide hands-on displays and demonstrations for visitors of all ages at the free event.