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

Monday, July 28, 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.

Media Report on UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Tick ID Lab

April 1st, 2014 1:24 PM

WABI (Channel 5), WLBZ (Channel 2), Portland Press Herald, Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension has taken over state tick identification from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, which had operated the program for 25 years. UMaine Extension’s Insect and Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab, which identifies 3,000 plant, pest and insect species each year, will expand its services with the Tick ID Lab. The lab is expected to receive up to 1,300 additional tick specimens this year. Jim Dill, pest management specialist with UMaine Extension, said the lab is excited for the opportunity and is ready for the increased workload.

UMaine Cooperative Extension Cited in Press Herald Report on Bond Endorsement

March 31st, 2014 3:50 PM

The Portland Press Herald reported Maine lawmakers are taking up a proposal for a $73 million bond package that would target investment in the state’s biotechnology and marine sectors and help the growth of small businesses. The package, called the “small business and innovations jobs bond,” includes a proposal of $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.

Raising Tick Awareness

March 31st, 2014 3:04 PM

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is the new home of the state’s tick identification program. Portland’s Maine Medical Center, which handled the program for 25 years, eliminated the service last December due to funding deficits.

UMaine Extension’s Insect and Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab, which identifies 3,000 plant, pest and insect species each year, will expand its services to compensate for Maine Medical Center’s cut by creating the Tick ID Lab. The lab is expected to receive up to 1,300 additional tick specimens this year.

“It’s going to give the people a much better awareness of ticks and how to avoid ticks in the first place. That’s the big thing this portion of our lab will do,” says Jim Dill, pest management specialist at Cooperative Extension.

Last year, Maine had 1,349 confirmed cases of Lyme disease — a statistic that Dill says is increasing every year. By opening the Tick ID Lab to citizens as well as the usual doctors and veterinarians, Dill believes the lab can help provide peace of mind to Maine citizens.

The Tick ID Lab can help clients determine if they need to seek help from doctors. There are 14 tick species in Maine, not all of which carry disease. Dill adds the Tick ID Lab can help determine if the submitted tick is one of the disease-free species helping “ease your mind or the mind of your doctor.”

Tick identifications cost $10 — to cover supply costs — and can be submitted in person, by mail or through photos on the lab’s new website. The site also provides information on preventative protection from ticks, tick biology, tick removal and more.

Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747.