Wild Blueberry Newsletter – June 2013
Organic Blueberry Meeting
The University of Maine is sponsoring an organic wild blueberry meeting on Wednesday, June 26th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. It will be hosted by Hugh Lassen at Intervale Farm located at 199 North Main Street on Route 193 (2.2 miles north of Route 1) in Cherryfield, Maine. Frank Drummond will be discussing trapping and identification of the new pest the spotted wing drosophila (SWD). He will also demonstrate trapping for control and indicate what organic control materials are effective for controlling SWD. This pest is expected to cause significant crop loss if not addressed. This is also an opportunity to get an update on the research progress from the University and to network with your fellow organic wild blueberry growers.
Integrated Crop Management Field Training Sessions
The third field training session will take place at 6:00 p.m. on June 25th in Warren, June 26th in Jonesboro and June 27th in Orland (see April Newsletter for details). We will cover blueberry maggot fly trapping, SWD identification, trapping and control, a discussion of the Botrytis disease we had this year, leaf and soil sampling, and weed identification and post emergence management. One recertification credit per session will be offered for certified pesticide applicators for this session.
Wild Blueberry Annual Field Day
We will be holding our annual summer field day at the Blueberry Hill Farm Experiment Station in Jonesboro on Wednesday, July 17th from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. The program details will be provided in the July Newsletter.
David E. Yarborough
Extension Blueberry Specialist
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