2019 Maine Grain Conference


Friday, March 1, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:45 PM
Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center, University of Maine Presque Isle
(See below for Directions and Parking Pass)

Pre-registration is required.
Registration Deadline – NOON Monday, February 25.
No refunds can be offered for registrations made by check OR after February 25.
Registration includes morning snack and lunch.
5.5 CCA credits and 2 pesticide credits will be offered for this program.

Registration CLOSED

Meeting Agenda
8:30 – 9:00 am – Arrival/Registration
9:00 – 9:10 am – Welcome
9:10 – 10:00 am – Upping Your Grain Game – Best Practices from Seed Bag to Grain Bin and Beyond
Eric Thériault, Eastern Grains Inc., Drummond, New Brunswick
Eric is an experienced grain and seed producer, handler, and broker. He grows about 3,000 acres annually of oat, barley, wheat, and soybean often in rotation with potato.
10:00 – 10:30 am – On-Farm Experiences with Camera-Guided Precision Cultivation Systems
Tom Molloy, UMaine, and Dave Ouellette, Lake Shore Farms, St David, Maine
Camera-guidance systems use a tool-bar-mounted camera, a computer, and a robotic side-shift unit to allow precision cultivation at reasonable speeds (5-8 mph) even in narrow (6-7”) row spacing. This is a promising technology for organic crops and those with few herbicide options.
10:30 – 10:45 am – Break
10:45 – 11:15 am – Foliar and Seed Diseases in New England Organic Grains
Heather Darby, Agronomy Specialist, University of Vermont
Heather will present results from 2 years of farm scouting in Maine, Mass., New York, & Vermont, and from research trials on organic treatment options.
11:15 – 11:45 am – Announcements
11:45 – 12:45 pm – Lunch
12:45 – 2:45 pm – Hemp – Opportunities, Legal Requirements, Production Practices, & Considerations
Dr. Heather Darby, University of Vermont
Gary Fish, Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Dr. John Jemison, UMaine Extension
Recent changes in federal policy have opened up the possibility to grow hemp (cannibis with <0.3% THC) for grain, fiber, and other uses. Heather will talk about the practical aspects of growing hemp for grain and fiber, drawing on 3 years of research trials in Vermont. Gary will cover federal and state regulations, and state licensing requirements. And John will discuss what you should consider from an agronomic perspective for growing hemp in Maine. Come with your questions!
2:45 – 3:00 pm – Break
3:00 – 3:30 pm – Whole Farm Grain Budgets
Dr. Aaron Hoshide, Faculty Associate, UMaine
Aaron will describe a new tool designed for farmers to explore the costs, returns, and profitability of different grain rotations.
3:30 – 4:30 pm – Research Results Mashup
Dr. Heather Darby, University of Vermont
Dr. Ellen Mallory, UMaine
Soybean varieties, planting date, and organic no-till; winter rye varieties; malt barley varieties, and more …
4:30 – 4:45 pm – Wrap-Up and Adjourn

Use the south entrance to the UMPI campus.  The Campus Center is the second building on the right.  Use parking lots up the hill on the left.  Click here for a printable map of the campus (PDF).  (Note the map is oriented with south at the top).)  A parking pass will be emailed to you once you have registered.