Soil and Agronomy Workshop

freshly dug potatoes

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: University of Maine Presque Isle Campus Center, 181 Main St., Presque Isle
Cost: $20

Online Registration is closed. If you have questions, please contact Lakesh Sharma at 207.498.0316 or

Who should attend: Farmers, industry representatives, students, and faculty. Pesticide credits are available; CCA credits available.


8:00 a.m.: Registration

8:15 a.m.: Introductory Remarks, Dr. Jason Johnston, Professor, Department Chair, UMPI

General Soil and Agronomy Session

8:30 a.m.: Improving Farm Income: Rotational Crop and Potato Irrigation, Dr. Lakesh Sharma, Soil & Crops Specialist, UMaine Extension and UMPI Professor

9:00 a.m.: Wireworm Survival in Soil and Its Control, Jim Dwyer, Crops Specialist, UMaine Extension

9:20 a.m.: Economic Benefit of Using Precision Agriculture Tools, Sukhwinder Bali, UMaine Extension Educator and UMPI Professor

9:40 a.m.: Rotational Crop Economics, Jake Dyer, Agronomist, Maine Potato Board

10:00 a.m.: Nematodes Survival in Soil and their Control, Dr. Dave Lambert, Plant Pathologist, UMaine


Soil Health Session

10:30 a.m.: Soil Information Systemâ„¢, Soil Mapping Technology, Sam Delano, Agronomist, McCain Foods

10:50 a.m.: How to Determine Soil Health? Will Brinton, Woods End Laboratories, Inc.

11:10 a.m.: Soil Health in the Potato and Grain Rotation, Patrick Toner, Soil Management Specialist, Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

11:30 a.m.: Fertilizer and Liming in Soil, Dr. Lakesh Sharma, Soil and Crops Specialist, UMaine Extension

11:50 a.m.: LUNCH (on your own)

1:30 p.m.: Soil Health, Yield Stability, and an Overview of Soil Health Strategies, Dr. Ellen Mallory, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, UMaine Extension

1:50 p.m.: Forms and Efficiency of Applied Phosphorus in Soil, Bruce Hoskins, Maine Soil Testing Service and Analytical Lab, UMaine

2:10 p.m.: Soil Productivity and No-Till in Potato Systems, Sam Wright, Cavendish Agri-Services

2:30 p.m.: Cover Crops and Soil Moisture and Temperature Issues, Tony Jenkins, Soil Conservationist, NRCS

2:50 p.m.: Nurse Crops — Strengths and Weaknesses, Dr. John Jemison, Soil and Water Specialist, UMaine Extension

3:10 p.m.: Strategies to Keep Soil in Place, Eric Giberson, Soil Conservationist, NRCS

3:30 p.m.: Adjourn

For more information, please call Pam at 207.764.3361 or 1.800.287.1462 (in Maine).

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Lakesh Sharma at 207.498.0316 or to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.