Wild Blueberry Newsletter – June 2014

June 2014

Wild Blueberry Commission Newsletter (PDF)
Wild Blueberry Summer Field Day Agenda (PDF)

Organic Blueberry Meeting

The University of Maine is sponsoring an organic wild blueberry meeting on Wednesday, July 9,2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  It will be hosted at Josh Dickson’s home and organic wild blueberry farm located at 143 West Hill Road in Frankfort, Maine.  To get to the field from Route 1, in the center of Frankfort, take the Loggin Road and then bare right onto the West Hill Road. The farm is on the right about 0.8 miles up the road.  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 on July 1st in Warren, July 2nd in Jonesboro, and July 3rd in Orland at 6:00 p.m. (see May Newsletter for details).  We will cover blueberry maggot fly trapping, SWD identification, trapping and control, a discussion of diseases 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 Summer Field Day

The annual summer field day for wild blueberry growers will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Blueberry Hill Farm on Route 1 in Jonesboro. The meeting will begin with an expanded vendor presence at 9 a.m.  The discussion with blueberry growers, processors, and University and government employees, affiliated with the blueberry industry on this year’s wild blueberry crop will begin at 10:00 a.m.  The remainder of the program will provide updates on current issues and research projects. This year will feature a marketing update from the Wild Blueberry Association, a demonstration of how to determine if you have adequate pollinators in your field as well as many other presentations.

2014 Wild Blueberry Summer Field Day Agenda
 9:00 a.m. Trade Show Vendors (Open)Sponsors

BioBest USA Inc.
oug Bragg Enterprises Ltd.


BioBest USA Inc.
Crop Production Services
Doug Bragg Enterprises Ltd.
Dow AgroSciences
Gowan Company
Hammond Tractor Company
Northeast Agricultural Sales Inc.
Union Farm Equipment, Inc.

10:00-11:00 a.m. Open Crop Discussion (Light blue metal building)Chancellor’s CommentsJames Page, Chancellor of the University of Maine System

Wild Blueberry Association of North America (WBANA) Marketing UpdateMike Collins, Ethos

Career RecognitionDavid Bell, Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine

11:00-11:30 a.m.  Pollinator Identification and AssessmentFrank Drummond, University of Maine
11:30-1:00 p.m.  Cookout
1:00-4:00 p.m. Research Talks/Demonstrations (UMaine)

  • Botrytis Blossom Blight and Mummy Berry Blight: Control Measures – Seanna Annis
  • Valdensinia Leaf Spot in MaineErika Lyon
  • Blueberry Tip Midge … an Emerging Pest?Judy Collins
  • SWD Biology and ManagementFrank Drummond
  • Research on Movement of SWD within FieldsElissa Ballman
  • What Do Bees Want? Testing Preferences for FlowersAlison Dibble
  • How Do Blueberry Plants Strategize for Spending EnergyAlex Bajcz
  • Bumble Bee Health in Maine Blueberry FieldsKalyn Bickerman
  • A Comparison of Pollination among Wild Blueberry and Cranberry GrowersAaron Hoshide
  • Pollinator Plantings from SeedEric Venturini
  • Native Bee ConservationKourtney Collum
  • Weed Management Research for Weed Resistance ManagementDave Yarborough

Two re-certification credits for Maine certified applicators

4:00 p.m.  Trade Show Vendors (Close)


David E. Yarborough
Extension Blueberry Specialist

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call David Yarborough at 1-800-897-0757 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

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.

© 2014

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