2018 Soil and Agronomy Workshop

freshly dug potatoes in field

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

Cost: $20 if preregistered.
At the door price will be $25 US and $30 Canadian.

Online Registration Closed

Preregistration preferred.

Who should attend

Farmers, industry representatives, students, and faculty. Pesticide credits are available; CCA credits have been applied for workshop.

Instructors

Maine Extension Ellen Mallory, Associate Professor and Extension Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, and Sukhwinder Bali, Assistant Extension Professor, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture


Agenda

8:00 AM: Registration

8:15 AM: Introductory Remarks, Dr. Dick Brzozowski, Program Administrator, UMaine Extension

Session I. Soil Fertility and Agronomy

8:30 AM: Effect of Different Nitrogen Fertilizers on Potato Yields in Under-irrigated and Unirrigated Fields. Dr. Lakesh Sharma, Soil Specialist, UMaine Extension

8:50 AM: The Relations Between Plant Pigment Role and the Sensors to Detect Phosphorus Deficiency in Plants. Ahmed Jasim, Graduate Student, UMaine

9:10 AM: Experimental Rresults of Use of Fly Ash. Sukhwinder Bali, Extension Educator, UMaine Extension

9:30 AM: Potential Alternative Crops. Jake Dyer, Agronomist, Maine Potato Board

10:00 AM: Producing Premium Processing Potatoes. Leigh Morrow, Director of Agronomy, McCain Foods

Coffee Break

Session II. Diseases and Insects

10:45 AM: 2018 Fumigation Research and What’s to Come. Dr. Alicyn Smart, Plant Pathologist and Director of Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, UMaine Extension

11:15 AM: Optimizing Cultural Practices for Best Management of Soil-borne Diseases. Katie Ashley, Graduate Student, UMaine

11:45 AM: Polyphagous Pests in Potatoes and Rotation Crops. Dr. Andrei Alyokhin, Entomologist, UMaine

Lunch: On Your Own

Session III. Soil Health

1:30 PM: Soil Health Benefits and Strategies. Ellen Mallory, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, UMaine Extension

2:00 PM: On the Ground Changes as a Result of Cover Crops in Southern Aroostook. Helena Swiatek, NRCS District Conservationist, NRCS

2:30 PM: Experiences with No-till in Northern Maine and New Brunswick: Drill Set Up, Crops, Fertility, and Opportunities for Potato Rotation Crops

  • Perry Lilley, Lilley Farms, Smyrna, ME
  • Cedric MacLeod, MacLeod Agronomics and Local Valley Beef, Florenceville, NB

Session IV. Group Panel

3:30 PM: Emerging Issues Discovered During the 2018 Growing Season


Directions


For more information, please contact Sukhwinder Bali at 207.764.3361 or sukhwinder.bali@maine.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Sukhwinder Bali at 207.498.0316 or sukhwinder.bali@maine.edu 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.