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March 2018

2018 Wild Blueberry Spring Meetings Agenda





Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Hancock County Extension Office, 63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth, Maine

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Knox-Lincoln County Extension Office, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, Maine

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: University of Maine – Machias, Science Bldg, Room 102, O’Brien Avenue, Machias, Maine



All others



1:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

Wild Blueberry Commission update Nancy McBrady, Wild Blueberry Commission


1:10 p.m.

6:10 p.m.

Blueberry crop trends 1996- 2017,  David Yarborough, University of Maine


1:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

Management of spotted wing drosophila,  Frank Drummond, University of Maine


1:55 p.m.

7:55 p.m.

Wild blueberry disease update, Seanna Annis, University of Maine


2:20 p.m.

7:20 p.m.



2:35 p.m.

7:35 p.m.

Wild Blueberry Management Tool demonstration, Jennifer D’Appollonio, University of Maine


3:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

BPC Update, Staff, Board of Pesticides Control


4:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.



Two re-certification credits available for licensed pesticide applicators!


Be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture!

It’s Not Too Late

It’s not too late to be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Every five years, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts the Census of Agriculture. Questionnaires were mailed to all known farmers in beginning in December 2017. NASS is following up with those that have not returned their questionnaires but farmers can still complete their questionnaires and return them by mail or complete their questionnaires on-line with NASS’s new web response tool. Reporting on-line saves time, is user-friendly, calculates totals automatically, and skips questions not applicable to your operation.

“It’s important for all farmers to be counted”, according to Gary Keough, NASS State Statistician for the New England States. “NASS will begin following up with those that have not completed their surveys. The Census of Agriculture is the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation. It’s a complete count of U.S. farms and the people who operate them. From small plots of urban and rural land to large farms with thousands of acres, the Census counts them all plus looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, and income and expenditures.” For Census of Agriculture purposes, a farm is any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the Census year.

Why is data like this good to have?

  1. Farmers have an opportunity to decide if they’d like to expand or diversify their operations to fill a gap that may show in the trends.
  2. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry uses the data to administer State programs.
  3. Organizations like the Maine Farm Bureau and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association use the data to educate legislators, local officials, and consumers about the importance of Maine agriculture to the State’s and local community’s economies.
  4. Universities like the University of Maine can identify a need in the county/state, build programs and workshops for farmers to learn about best practices and strategies, and possibly write grant proposals to benefit farmers looking to diversify and grow their operations.
  5. Agribusinesses have insight to where particular farm machinery or processing facilities are needed to address farmers’ needs.

If you didn’t receive a questionnaire please contact Gary Keough at (603) 227-3129 or email at



David E. Yarborough
Extension Blueberry Specialist






Wednesday, March 28, 2018          Bangor Motor Inn, Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 

                9:00       A.M.                         NovaSource – Alex Crouse (45 Minutes)

                9:45       A.M.                         Precision Ag – Shane Clark (20 Minutes)

                10:05     A.M.                         Helena – Tom Carter (50 Minutes)

                11:00     A.M.                         Bayer – Steve Cumming (50 Minutes)

                11:50     A.M.                         Cavendish – Steve London (45 Minutes)

                                                                  Lunch will be served.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018   Columbia Falls Elementary School, 8 Addison Rd, Columbia Falls, ME

                5:00        P.M.                       Dinner & Meeting Begins – NovaSource (45 Minutes)

                5:45        P.M.                       Precision Ag – Shane Clark (20 Minutes)

                6:05        P.M.                       Helena – Tom Carter (50 Minutes)

                7:00        P.M.                       Bayer – Steve Cumming (50 Minutes)

                7:50        P.M.                       Cavendish – Steve London (45 Minutes)               


Alex Crouse from NovaSource will cover labeling, best-use guidelines, pests, weeds, disease control for their blueberry products.  The PPE, REI, rates and timing for these products will be discussed.

Shane will discuss grid soil sampling and custom application.

Tom Carter from Helena will discuss the use of adjuvants and surfactants to enhance the efficacy of certain pesticides.  He will cover labeling, best-use guidelines, pests, weeds, disease control for their products. The PPE, REI, rates and timing for these products will be discussed.

Steve Cumming from Bayer will cover labeling, best-use guidelines, pests, weeds, disease control for their blueberry products. The PPE, REI, rates and timing for these products will be discussed.

Steve London will talk on liquid and dry fertilizers and follow up with an open forum on  topics the growers would like to discuss in “Preparing for 2018 Season.”


We look forward to seeing you!

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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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