Wild Blueberry Newsletter – December 2015

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December 2015

Agricultural Trade Show

There will be Pesticide Applicator Recertification sessions on Thursday, January 14, 2016 in the Kennebec/Penobscot Room at the Civic Center in Augusta, Maine.  The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Board of Pesticides Control will present three hours of training sessions. Licensed pesticide applicators and dealers may attend sessions to earn credits towards recertification. One credit will be allowed for each hour-session attended.

The schedule is as follows:

9:00 – 10:00 AM Pollinator Update – Gary Fish, BPC
10:15 – 11:15 AM Wild Blueberry Pest Management Update – Seanna Annis & David Yarborough,  University of Maine
11:30 – 12:30 PM BPC/WPS Update – Staff, BPC

All trade show events providing pesticide credits can be found at thinkfirstspraylast.org at the top center of the homepage.  

New Bee Resources Available

There is a new fact sheet Enhancing Wild Bees for Crop Pollination: Sowing Bee Pasture for New England’s Wild Lowbush Blueberry by Eric M. Venturini, Francis A. Drummond, Aaron K. Hoshide, Lois Berg Stack & Alison Dibble on the wild blueberry web site at https://extension.umaine.edu/blueberries/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2015/03/2015-Bee-Pasture-Fact-Sheet.pdf

There is also a new PowerPoint presentation The Status of Bees by Frank Drummond. It is available as PowerPoint presentation or a PDF file with additional notes. You can find the presentation on the wild blueberry web site at https://extension.umaine.edu/blueberries/factsheets/bees/.


David E. Yarborough
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: www.wildblueberries.maine.edu

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.

© 2015

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