Wild Blueberry Newsletter, January 2019

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January 2019

UMaine Wild Blueberry Conference, February 28

Dear Wild Blueberry Growers and Stakeholders,

Here is the agenda for the UMaine Wild Blueberry Conference which will be on February 28 at the Black Bear Inn in Orono, Maine.

The snow date for this event is March 4, 2019.

Three pesticide credits are approved for full-day attendance.

Registration is required and may be done on the UMaine Wild Blueberry Conference page.

Phone: 207.581.3175 or 1.800.287.0274 (in Maine).


  • 8:15 a.m.: Get Settled, Welcome Remarks
  • 8:30-9:15 a.m.: Impact of Fertility Application in Wild Blueberry; Current Knowledge Speaker: Lily Calderwood
  • 9:15-10:00 a.m.: A Quarter Century of Insect Pest Management Study in Wild Blueberry Speaker: Frank Drummond
  • 10:15-11:00 a.m.: Farmer Panel on Burning/Mowing for Pest and Crop Management Moderator: Lily Calderwood
  • 11:00-11:45 a.m.: Using Unmanned Aerial Systems for Monitoring Pests and Stress in Cranberry Speaker: Dr. Hilary Sandler, UMass Cranberry Station
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:05 p.m.: How Does the Wild Blueberry Commission Work? Speaker: Nancy McBrady, Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine
  • 1:00- 1:45 p.m.: Recent Research on Blueberry Diseases Speaker: Dr. Seanna Annis
  • 1:45-2:05 p.m.: Blueberry Production around the World Speaker: Dr. Dave Yarborough
  • 2:05-2:30 p.m.: The Effects of Climate Change on the Wild Blueberry Speaker: Dr. Dave Yarborough
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Food Safety Updates and Discussion Speaker: Dr. Robson Machado, Food Safety Specialist


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Lily Calderwood, Ph.D.
Extension Wild 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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