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Hops School – January 12, 2017

Monday, December 5th, 2016
Hops Plant

Hops Plant, photo by David Handley

Hops School 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017
10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
Registration Fee: $25.00

PREREGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Please preregister by January 6, 2017.

The Hops School will be offered for those who are interested in hops production as a commercial enterprise. One Pesticide Applicator recertification credit will be offered for attending the entire day program. The agenda and registration information are posted on UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Highmoor Farm website.

Elias focuses on factors affecting spread of deer ticks, diseases

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

With the arrival of spring, many Mainers head outside to hike, mow lawns, picnic, and garden. But working and playing outdoors can bring people in contact with deer ticks and tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease.

“Maine in 2014 had the highest incidence of Lyme disease of all the states in the country,” says Susan Elias, a doctoral student at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute.

Midcoast Maine and islands were hardest hit, she says, adding, “We’ve got to get this figured out.”

To help do that, Elias is studying deer ticks and their spread across Maine. She uses data sets and software that simultaneously take into account numerous variables and indicate the relative importance of each.

In addition to milder winters and sufficient moisture during summers, other factors that affect the spread of ticks and the diseases they carry include deforestation/reforestation, landscaping practices and deer management.

“If we just have a better understanding of all the factors taken together, I think we could do a better job of helping people control deer ticks and prevent disease,” she says.

That’s good news for Mainers. In the state, deer ticks carry five pathogens known to cause disease in humans, including Lyme disease, says Elias.

Lyme disease is a potentially long-term debilitating condition that can include facial-muscle paralysis, pain and weakness in the arms and legs, headaches, poor memory, rapid heartbeat, fever, chills and fatigue.

Each year since 2011 in Maine, there have been more than 1,000 confirmed cases of Lyme disease. In 2015, 1,171 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease were reported and, according to a January 2016 Maine Centers of Disease Control report to the Legislature, ages of people diagnosed ranged from age 1 to 95.

Elias’ modeling results are expected to inform decisions about adaptations and strategies, including whether to invest in tick vaccines, as well as removal of invasive plants and deer management.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Maine and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the “No Ticks 4 ME” prevention techniques: Using an EPA-approved repellent; wearing protective clothing; doing daily tick checks; and being cautious in tick-infested areas. Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics; the CDC says it’s easiest to treat in the early stages of illness.

People who find ticks on themselves or pets may submit them to University of Maine Cooperative Extension Tick Identification Lab for testing. For more information about Elias, visit extension.umaine.edu/maineclimatenews/researchhighlights.

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 10/23/2015

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

“Spotted wing drosophila populations have not shown any dramatic shifts in the past two weeks.”

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the Spotted Wing Drosophila Update for October 23, 2015, where you can subscribe to blog updates.

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 10/13/2015

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

“Spotted wing drosophila populations are building up in some southern and coastal locations.”

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the Spotted Wing Drosophila Update for October 13, 2015, where you can subscribe to blog updates.

 

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 10/5/2015

Monday, October 5th, 2015
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

“Spotted wing drosophila populations continue to hold at high enough levels to be of concern in any fields still harvesting fruit.”

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the Spotted Wing Drosophila Update for October 5, 2015, where you can subscribe to blog updates.

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 9/22/2015

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

“There has not been a significant increase in spotted wing drosophila populations at most trapping sites this week, and in some locations captures were lower than last week.” “As the temperatures cool down and more rain moves into the state, it is likely that populations will increase.”

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the Spotted Wing Drosophila Update for September 22, 2015, where you can subscribe to blog updates.

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 9/11/2015

Monday, September 14th, 2015
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

“Spotted wing drosophila trap captures have been increasing in most locations over the past two weeks.”

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the Spotted Wing Drosophila Update for September 11, 2015, where you can subscribe to blog updates.

Sweet Corn IPM Newsletter No. 12 – September 11, 2015

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Sweet CornPlease visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Sweet Corn Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 12, September 11,2015, “Pest Threat to Silking Corn Rising.”

Sweet Corn IPM Newsletter No. 11 – September 8, 2015

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Sweet CornPlease visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Sweet Corn Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 11, September 8, 2015, “Pest Pressure Moderate – Late Silking Corn Still Needs Protection.”

Sweet Corn IPM Newsletter No. 10 – August 28, 2015

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Sweet CornPlease visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Sweet Corn Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 10, August 28, 2015, “Corn Earworm Activity Increasing, Downy Mildew Alert for Cucurbit Crops.”