Wild Blueberry Newsletter – April 2014

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April 2014

Integrated Crop Management Field Training Sessions

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 first and second session will cover mummy berry blight identification and monitoring, insect sweeping and identification, and weed identification and management.  The third session will cover blueberry maggot fly trapping, spotted wing drosophila ID and trapping, leaf and soil sampling, and weed identification and management.
One recertification credit per session will be offered for certified pesticide applicators for each session.

All Field Training sessions will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Knox/Lincoln Counties
Tuesday, April 22, May 27, and July 1, 2014
Donna Dolham
Route 235, 2740 Western Road, Warren, Maine
Washington County
Wednesday, April 23, May 28, and July 2, 2014
Blueberry Hill Farm
1643 Route 1, Jonesboro, Maine
Hancock County
Thursday, April 24 May 29 and July 3, 2014
G. M. Allen’s Freezer
Route 15, Orland, Maine

 Pollinator Workshops for Wild Blueberry Growers

 Frank Drummond will be conducting a series of free pollination workshops for fruit and vegetable growers during spring/summer 2014.  The workshops listed below are designed specifically for wild blueberry growers and will provide instruction on bee identification and how to estimate bee density and fruit set so that you can determine if you are getting adequate pollination. The workshop will also include information on strategies to improve habitat for wild bees as well as the proper use of insecticides to minimize bee mortality.  Since these workshops require good weather, we will have a rain date also scheduled for each workshop.

Schedule for Pollinator Workshops:

Seven Tree Farm (Dorothy Dolham, Route 235, 2740 Western Road, Warren, Maine)
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Rain Date & Time: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Blueberry Hill Farm (1643 Route 1, Jonesboro, Maine)
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Rain Date & Time: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

If you have questions, please email Kourtney Collum at kourtney.collum@maine.edu


David E. Yarborough
Extension Blueberry Specialist

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