Wild Blueberry Newsletter, May 2017

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May 2017

Organic Blueberry Meeting

Map of Whitefield, MaineThe University of Maine Cooperative Extension is sponsoring an organic wild blueberry meeting on Thursday, June 22 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  The meeting will be hosted by Arthur Harvey on Ellsworth Damon’s organic wild blueberry field in Whitefield, Maine.

This is an opportunity to get a review on insects, weed diseases and fertilizer updates from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and University of Maine researchers and to network with your fellow organic wild blueberry growers.

The farm is located at 158 Thayer Road in Whitefield.  From Route 218, take Thayer Road north and turn right (north) at the fork in the road. The field is on the left, across from the house at 158 Thayer Road.  If you come to Palmer or Nash roads, then you have gone too far.

Integrated Crop Management Field Training Sessions Continue

Field training sessions will be offered at three locations to demonstrate and discuss the Integrated Crop Management (ICM) field scouting techniques in Wild Blueberry Fact Sheet No. 204.  The third session will cover blueberry maggot fly trapping, spotted wing drosophila ID and trapping, leaf and soil sampling, leaf spot identification and monitoring and weed identification and management.

Knox/Lincoln Counties

  • Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Donna Dolham, Route 235, 2740 Western Road, Warren, Maine

Washington County

  • Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Blueberry Hill Farm, 1643 Route 1, Jonesboro, Maine

Hancock County

  • Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: G. M. Allen’s Freezer, Route 15, Orland, Maine

One re-certification credit per session will be offered for certified pesticide applicators for each session.

Blueberry Equipment “Wanted” or “For Sale

If you have not looked at our blueberry equipment “wanted” or “for sale” web page lately, you should because we have added many new items. You can find current equipment available on the Wild Blueberry Exchange page.

For those of you who have posted blueberry ­equipment “for sale” or “wanted” on our website, please let us know when you have sold your equipment so that we can remove your ad from the web page allowing us to keep the page up-to-date. You can contact Phoebe Nylund to post or remove ads from our website at phoebe.nylund@maine.edu or by phone at 207.581.2892 (Monday-Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). Remember to keep your ad short, listing equipment description, price and contact information.


David E. Yarborough
Extension Blueberry Specialist

Wild blueberry fact sheets, past newsletters, contacts, resource links, calendar of events, and more can be found on the Cooperative Extension’s Maine Wild Blueberries website.

Information in this publication is provided purely for educational purposes. No responsibility is assumed for any problems associated with the use of products or services mentioned. No endorsement of products or companies is intended, nor is criticism of unnamed products or companies implied.

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