2018 Soil and Agronomy Workshop

freshly dug potatoes

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.


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


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


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.