Wild Blueberry Blog

4.19.13 Mummy Berry is Getting Started Downeast and South

Plants are NOT susceptible until at least 40% of stems are at the F2 stage of flower development when the flowers look like crowns (see picture below). Numerous mummy berry pinheads have been found on Thursday, April 18 and 19 in mummy berry plots in North Ellsworth,  Jonesboro and East Machias. Single pinheads have been […]

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4.17.13 Mummy Berry Season is Approaching Quickly

The mummy berries are just starting in Appleton and Liberty. Small pinheads were seen on Tuesday, April 17.  With this warm weather, I expect the mummy berry cups to appear later this week in Waldo, Knox, and Lincoln counties. We have weather stations up in West Rockport, Appleton, East Sedgwick, Ellsworth, and Deblois. The rest […]

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WBANA’ s “Wild About Health” Blog

Please be sure to check out WBANA’s “Wild About Health” blog where you will find many delicious wild blueberry recipes, videos, and articles. To get started, visit the Wild About Blueberries Blog/Tips, Recipes & More blog (Wild Blueberries website).

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Wild Bee Pollinators: The Genus Andrena

By Sara Bushmann In May and June of 2010 and 2011, I collected wild bees from 24 blueberry fields in Hancock County in the towns of Orland, Penobscot, Sedgwick and Blue Hill. By “wild” bees I mean any bee that is not a honeybee or a commercial bumblebee. Most of the wild bees are native, […]

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Blueberry Flamer Demonstration

Steve Koch, Director of Agriculture Division of Flame Engineering, Inc., demonstrated a propane burner that can be used both to prune and sanitize your fields for insects and disease at the Blueberry Hill Farm in Jonesboro on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. The machine has been used to kill potato tops, but he demonstrated its use […]

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Bumblebee Disease and Diversity

By Sara Bushmann, University of Maine Welcome to the Pollinator Posts! On these web pages, I’ll provide updates on some of the pollinator research projects being conducted in (mostly) Hancock and Washington Counties. Look for two more posts this year on or around October 15 and November 15, and then again in April and May […]

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8.13.12 URGENT: Spotted Wing Drosophila Update

By Frank Drummond The state of Maine has secured a Section 18 “Crisis Exemption” registration for a higher rate of Malathion 8Fl that is more effective for the SWD than the lower rate on the existing label. This higher rate is in EFFECT on August 13 and only lasts for 15 days (August 13-28). If […]

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7.31.12 Spotted Wing Drosophila Alert

Dear Blueberry Growers, Many of you have started harvesting. The spotted wing drosophila has been found strawberry and raspberry fields in southern Maine so far, especially in the vicinity of Warren, where one trap in a strawberry field contained 98 SWD flies. We are trapping 30 blueberry fields and found one SWD fly in a […]

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7.24.12 Time to put out your Mummy Berry Plots for Next Year

By Seanna Annis This is a good time to collect mummy berries from your plants to put out in mummy berry plots for next year. The mummy berries are easy to see before harvest since they are grey and shriveled compared to the plump ripening blueberries. The clones vary in the number of mummy berries […]

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6.06.12 Symptoms you may be Seeing in your Field

By Seanna Annis There are a number of different problems you may be seeing symptoms of in your crop field. Please see below for some pictures of common problems at this time of the year. Frost Damage All flower clusters on stem typically are affected Closed flowers not affected as much Leaves can be damaged, […]

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