David Yarborough

David YarboroughBlueberry Specialist/Professor of Horticulture
5722 Deering Hall, Rm 414, Orono, ME 04469-5722
Phone: 207.581.2923
Email: davidy@maine.edu

David E. Yarborough is the wild blueberry specialist with Cooperative Extension and professor of horticulture in the School of Food and Agriculture at the University of Maine, where he has worked for the past 37 years. He develops chemical and cultural strategies for controlling weeds, and educates wild blueberry growers in Maine and Canada on best management practices that will enable them to increase their efficiency of production and their profitability, so that this industry may continue to remain competitive in the world marketplace. He has published well over 300 research and Extension publications dealing with wild blueberries and with weeds. He was recognized by the IR-4 program when he received the Meritorious Service Award in 2006 and 35 year service award from the University of Maine in 2014.


  • Ph.D., Plant and Soil, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1991
  • M.S., Resource Utilization, University of Maine, Orono, 1978
  • B.S., Wildlife Management,  University of Maine, Orono, 1975

Work-related Certificates:

  • Certified pesticide applicator Masters level with Maine Board of Pesticides Control

Professional Organizations:

  • American Society for Horticultural Science (1978 – present)
  • International Society for Horticultural Science (1988 – present)
  • Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (1978 – present)
  • Northeastern Weed Science Society (1981 – present)
  • Weed Science Society of America (1978 – present)