2019 Agricultural Field Days

Presented by UMaine Extension

Visit UMaine Extension’s Events Calendar for more events and details.

Organic Wild Blueberry Field Workshop

Date: July 8, 2019
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Location: Fields Fields Blueberries (565 Blinn Hill Rd, Dresden ME)
Website: www.fieldsfieldsblueberries.com
Description: Ashley and Jesse Fields will introduce their farm. Then we will do a field walk, stopping to discuss wild blueberry insect pests (Frank Drummond), weeds (Lily Calderwood), and diseases (Seanna Annis). We will then hear about the Fields’ commercial kitchen and an update on food safety regulations from UMaine Extension and DCAF staff (Robson Machado and Leah Cook).
Pesticide Credits: 1

Food Safety on the Farm + Value-added Products for Wild Blueberries

Date: July 10, 2019
Time: 9:00-10:30 am
Location: Worcester’s Blueberries (356 Lyford Road, Ornville Township)
Description: Lee and Everett Worcester will explain their process for harvesting and storing wild blueberries before distribution, their experiences with GAP certification, and value-added product production. UMaine Extension and DACF staff including Lily Calderwood, Chris Howard, and Leah Cook will be there to share information about the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

Annual Blueberry Hill Farm Field Day (organic and conventional)

Date: July 17, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Blueberry Hill Farm (1643 US-1, Jonesboro, ME)
Description: In the morning, we will take a rain or shine field tour of the farm stopping to highlight current research projects. Lunch will be provided. In the afternoon, there will be two or three topic specific breakout sessions to choose from.
Pesticide credits: TBD

Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshop and Pasture Walk

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019
Time: Noon to 3:00 pm
Location: Shaw Road Farm (Shaw Road, Dover-Foxcroft)
Description: Free lunch included. Attendees will hear a presentation on reducing stress in cattle by Colt Knight, UMaine Extension Livestock Specialist, with a live demonstration of Shaw Road Farm’s practices of separating three beef animals from a herd of approximately 50. Also, the Cooksons will discuss how they have changed their practices to more effectively reduce long term and immediate stress on the herd. Attendees will have an opportunity to see Shaw Road Farm’s mob grazing pasture management system and water delivery system with a pasture walk.
If interested in attending, please contact Colt.Knight@maine.edu.

Highmoor Farm Field Day

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Highmoor Farm, 52 US Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259
Register Online; Registration fee is $30.00 (includes dinner). Preregistration is strongly encouraged. Contact Pam St. Peter at pamela.stpeter@maine.edu or 207.933.2100 for registration information. Please REGISTER BY JULY 19 to give us an accurate count for dinner.
Description: The Maine State Pomological Society and Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers Association will be joining with the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to hold a public field day at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, rain or shine. This year’s field day will include tours of current research projects in tree fruit to include managing plum curculio, minimizing biennial bearing in Honeycrisp, Gisela rootstocks for sweet cherry, growing Toka plums, high density apple and peach trees; and projects in vegetables and berries, including strawberry varieties and their pests, high tunnel tomatoes with compost for soil health and soil-borne diseases, sweet corn and melon trials, and using traps to monitor Spotted Wing Drosophila in berry crops. Special guest speaker will be Dr. Jaime Piñero, integrated pest management expert at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, UMass Amherst. Growers are welcome to attend the whole event, or may come for just the afternoon tours or evening program. Whichever you decide, please plan to be there for dinner to share some time and informal discussion with fellow farmers, research and Extension staff and state officials.
Pesticide Credits: Participants may receive 2 Pesticide Applicator recertification credits for attending one of the concurrent Experiment Station research tours in the afternoon AND the after-dinner program.

Twilight Meeting with MVSFGA 

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Fairwinds Farm in Topsham. More information will be available later in the summer.

Northeast Mechanical Weed Control Expo

Date: September 12, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: University of Maine Rogers Farm, 914 Bennoch Rd, Old Town, ME 04468
Description: The University of Maine is hosting a mechanical weed control field day at the Rogers Farm. This event will feature tool demonstrations and research results for both vegetable and grain production. Hand-tools, walk-behind tractors/tool carriers, and tractor mounted equipment will be on display and demonstrated in the field, including equipment from Terrateck® and Johnny’s Selected Seeds, HAK®, Tilmor®, K.U.L.T.-Kress®, Garford®,Trefler® Harrows, and Franklin Robotics. We invite farmers of all levels of experience and production to participate.

  • Research presentations and posters
  • Field demonstrations of tools for small-, mid- and large-scale growers
  • Friendly competition testing your weed knowledge and cultivation skills!
  • Connect with fellow growers, researchers, and industry representatives

Stay tuned for more details and information on how to register! The Northeast Mechanical Weed Control Expo is supported by grants from the USDA-NIFA, Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), and the Northeastern IPM Center. Questions? Equipment vendor interested in participating? Contact Peyton Ginakes at peyton.ginakes@maine.edu or Ellen Mallory ellen.mallory@maine.edu.