Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the Universithy of Maine Sweet Corn Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 4, July 18, 2014, “Corn Earworm Counts Climbing.”
Spotted wing drosophila captures are becoming more widespread this week, although numbers are still quite low.
Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the July 17, 2014 Spotted Wing Drosophila Update, where you can subscribe to updates.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop for farmers on how to detect internal animal parasites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center, 160 University Farm Road, Old Town.
Doctors of Veterinary Medicine Jim Weber and Anne Lichtenwalner will demonstrate how to use a microscope to identify common internal parasites of sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas. Cost is $30 per person; registration is required and space is limited to 20.
More information including how to register is online. To request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine).
The Associated Press reported officials with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association say late blight symptoms have been found in a potato field in Buxton. According to officials, late blight is a nontreatable disease that affects potatoes and tomatoes and spreads rapidly in warm and wet conditions. UMaine Extension and MOFGA ask growers and gardeners to take precautions to prevent infections and spread of the disease, according to the article. Maine Public Broadcasting Network, The Republic, Portland Press Herald, WLBZ (Channel 2) and WABI (Channel 5) carried the AP report.
Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Sweet Corn Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 3, July 10, 2014, “Fall Armyworm, Corn Earworm Threaten Silking Corn.”
Maine State Pomological Society Summer Meeting and Orchard Tour
Please visit the UMaine Cooperative Extension Tree Fruit website for more information on the Maine State Pomological Society Summer Meeting and Orchard Tour, scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at a Cooper Farms orchard located in Hartford, Maine.
Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Sweet Corn Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 2, July 3, 2014, “Corn Borer, Corn Earworm and Fall Armyworm Moths Active.”
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!“
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.