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September 2018

Crop Comments
Overall, the State of Maine’s 2018 wild blueberry yield is lower than previous years due to the late frost/freeze events. The difference between irrigated and non-irrigated fields was very clear and warrants future irrigation timing research.

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) buildup was delayed early in the harvest season due to the mid-summer extremely hot temperatures which were hard on the flies. Trap numbers exploded during the week of August 13th, 2018. Few farms escaped liquefied berries toward the end of the
season. Red solo-cup trapping is required to manage this pest. An excellent How-To Trap SWD Video can be found on our UMaine Extension website:
Our very own Frank Drummond is also involved in national SWD research. Watch this Webinar to hear the latest on SWD:

UMaine Extension Events

  1. Decision Making for your Farm’s Future (Blueberry Farm Succession Workshop)
    October 3rd from 8:30-1:00pm @ UMaine Machias Science Rm 102
    Free Event with Lunch Included. You must register so we know how much food to get.
    Register online:
    Or by calling 207-581-2892
  2. Farming for a Living Downeast; “So You Want to Farm in Maine” Course
    Open to all farmers in the Downeast Region, this is a business management course. You will learn how to make your own enterprise budgets and improve your record keeping. $50 for 4 classes at the Machias UMaine Extension Office on Nov. 5, 8, 13, and 15.
    Register online:
    Or by calling 207-255-3345 (Washington County Extension Office)

If you have not completed Lily’s Blueberry Grower Needs Survey, please do! The online version has been fixed.


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Lily Calderwood
Extension Blueberry Specialist

Wild blueberry fact sheets, past newsletters, contacts, resource links, calendar of events, and more can be found at the wild blueberry 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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