What’s That Weed? UMaine Extension Knows

May 29th, 2014 10:52 AM
Cinquefoil

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/.

Strawberry IPM Newsletter No. 1 – May 23, 2014

May 27th, 2014 12:03 PM

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Strawberry Integrated Pest Management  Newsletter No. 1, May 23, 2014, “2014 Strawberry Pest Management Season Begins.”

Dill Featured in Syndicated Sarah Smiley Column

May 20th, 2014 12:53 PM

James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was featured in a nationally syndicated column by Bangor writer Sarah Smiley. Smiley often writes about her family and their Dinner with the Smileys tradition of getting to know someone over a meal. Dill, who was invited to share a meal and stories with the Smileys, told the family about his job at UMaine Extension where he and his co-workers help farmers identify and control pests that might destroy crops. Dill took the family to the insect room of his Orono office where he showed off cockroaches, ticks and preserved butterflies and tarantulas. He also told stories of keeping bed bugs as pets when he was a child. Parade, Bangor Daily News, Daily American and Reporter-Times carried the column.

Dill Talks to WLBZ about Grub Season

May 15th, 2014 3:21 PM

James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WLBZ (Channel 2) about grubs — the immature larvae of beetles that can cause dead, brown patches on lawns. Dill said grubs also attract other animals, such as skunks and crows, that can damage lawns by digging. Dill warns that treatment should have been done in the fall, and any method used now — such as pesticides or microscopic worms that eat the grubs — will only prevent more grubs from emerging later. He adds grub patterns can be unpredictable, and suggests contacting a professional before using chemicals.

UMaine Cooperative Extension Tick ID Lab Mentioned in WLBZ Interview

May 15th, 2014 3:14 PM

Diane Atwood, a Catching Health blogger, referred to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Tick ID Lab in an interview with WLBZ (Channel 2) about preparing for tick season. Atwood mentioned the lab is available if people want an expert to identify a tick. She also mentioned the lab in a recent blog post titled, “How to recognize a deer tick and protect yourself from Lyme disease.”

WLBZ Interviews Dill about Winter Moth’s Potential Impact on Crops

May 8th, 2014 3:19 PM

James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WLBZ (Channel 2) for a report about state officials trying to determine the potential negative effects the winter moth could have on crops this year. Experts say the moths lay eggs near the buds of many plants, including ones that can bear fruit. Once the eggs hatch in the spring, the new moths feed on the buds, causing noticeable damage to crops, according to the report. Dill cited apples, cranberries and blueberries as potential crops of concern. He said with a late spring, such as the one we’re having this year, it takes buds longer to break, which allows the moths to do more damage to multiple bud clusters.

LePage Signs Bond Proposal to Help Fund UMaine Lab, AP Reports

April 30th, 2014 9:33 AM

Governor Paul LePage signed three bond proposals for research and development, sending the measures to voters this November, the Associated Press reported. The $21 million in bonds approved by LePage is part of a $50 million borrowing package lawmakers passed as they wrapped up the session. One bill would provide $8 million to renovate and improve a University of Maine Cooperative Extension lab that assists farmers and foresters and identifies pests, as well as plant and animal diseases. The Portland Press Herald and SFGate carried the AP report.

UMaine Cooperative Extension Tick ID Lab Mentioned in Press Herald Article

April 28th, 2014 3:06 PM

The Portland Press Herald referred to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Tick ID Lab in an article about Maine ticks surviving the long, cold winter. The article mentioned different types of ticks — deer ticks and dog ticks — and stated if someone is not sure what type of tick was attached to them, they should send the dead tick to the UMaine Extension Tick ID Lab at 491 College Avenue, Orono, Maine 04473 or call 207.581.3880 for more information.

Lawmakers Support Bond for UMaine Cooperative Extension Lab, AP Reports

April 28th, 2014 2:58 PM

The Associated Press reported Maine’s Legislature approved roughly $50 million in bond proposals as it wrapped up for the session on April 17, 2014. One of the six approved bond proposals includes borrowing $8 million to renovate and improve a University of Maine Cooperative Extension lab that assists farmers and foresters and identifies pests, as well as plant and animal diseases. WABI (Channel 5) and seattlepi.com also carried the AP report.

2014 Maine Pollination Workshops

April 11th, 2014 12:39 PM

2014 Maine Pollination Workshops

During the spring and summer of 2014, researchers from the University of Maine are hosting a series of free pollination workshops for fruit and vegetable growers. These workshops are supported by a grant from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. The workshops will provide instruction on assessing bees’ impact on fruit set and identifying wild bees. They will also include information on strategies to improve habitat for wild bees. For more information, contact Kourtney Collum at kourtney.collum@maine.edu. In case of inclement weather, visit the following website for more information:  http://mainepollinationworkshops.weebly.com/. No preregistration is required for these workshops.

 

Pollination Workshop for Apple Growers

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – NEW DATE!
Rain date:  Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Highmoor Farm, UMaine Experiment Station, 52 U.S. Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259

This workshop is designed specifically for apple growers.

 

Pollination Workshop for Lowbush Blueberry Growers

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Rain date:  Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Seven Tree Farm, Route 235, 2740 Western Road, Warren, Maine 04864

This workshop is designed specifically for lowbush blueberry growers.

 

Pollination Workshop II for Lowbush Blueberry Growers

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Rain date:  Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Blueberry Hill Farm, UMaine Experiment Station, 1643 Route 1, Jonesboro, Maine 04648

This workshop is designed specifically for lowbush blueberry growers.

 

Pollination Workshop for Squash and Pumpkin Growers

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM - NEW DATE!
Highmoor Farm, UMaine Experiment Station, 52 U.S. Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259

This workshop is designed specifically for squash and pumpkin growers.