Wild Blueberry Newsletter – February 2015

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February 2015

Crop Insurance Deadline – March 16, 2015

MPG Crop Services 2015 Annual Blueberry Meeting (PDF)

Wild Blueberry Spring Meeting Agenda

This year’s spring meeting will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015 from 8:20 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Ramada Inn on the Odlin Road in Bangor.  There is no cost to attend the spring meeting and lunch will be generously paid for by our sponsors – a list of sponsors will be provided at the spring meeting. This one-day long meeting gives us the opportunity to go into more detail on each topic and allows us to have a guest speaker, Jean Lafond from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Quebec, talk about soil and fertility management.  If you want to attend the spring meeting, we ask that you register with us no later than March 10th, as we need to give an accurate lunch count to the Ramada Inn.  Please contact Phoebe Nylund by email phoebe.nylund@maine.edu or by phone 207.581.2892 with the name(s) and number of people attending the meeting/luncheon along with a telephone number and email address. If you call by phone and need to leave a message, please speak slowly and clearly leaving all the above information.

The board of Pesticides Control will be awarding five pesticide credits for certified applicators for attending this session.

Wild Blueberry Workshop – Agenda

Time Topic
8:20 AM Welcome – Wild Blueberry Commission Executive Director, Nancy McBrady
8:30 AM Keynote Presentations

  • Worldwide Blueberry Production and MRLs in U.S. and Overseas Markets, Harmonization – David Yarborough
  • Soil and Fertility Management: Analysis, Standards and Approach  – Jean LaFond, Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada
9:45 AM Wild Blueberry Crop Management – Systems Project Results Specialty Crop Research Initiative Panel Presentation – David Yarborough, Moderator

  • Weeds/Economic – David Yarborough
  • Pest Management – Frank Drummond
  • Disease Management – Seanna Annis
  • Soil Fertility – Ellen Mallory
11:00 AM BREAK
11:30 AM Pollinator Plan & Board Update – Gary Fish, Board of Pesticides Control
12:15 PM LUNCH and Poster Session
1:45 PM Specific in Depth Issues – Individual Presentations

  • Bees – Pollination Security
  • Weeds – Resistance Management
  • Pests – SWD and Other
  • Disease – Disease Forecasting
4:15 PM Economics: Cost of Farming, Key Factors, Costs and Risks – George Criner


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.

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