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34th Annual Maine Potato Conference and Trade Show

potato fieldJanuary 23-24, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Caribou Inn & Convention Center
Caribou, Maine

Online – $25 for one day; $35 for two days.  At the door prices:  $35 for one day-US ($40 Canadian); $45 for two days-US ($50 Canadian).
Online registration deadline is Friday, January 18, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. 

Who should attend: Potato producers, crop advisors, and farm workers.

Online Registration is Closed

2019 Maine Potato Conference
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

8:40 a.m.       Sulfur Response in Potatoes in Maine,
Dr. Lakesh Sharma, Soil and Crops Specialist, UMaine Extension

9:00 a.m.       Phosphorus Response In Potatoes In Maine
Dr. Lakesh Sharma, Soil and Crops Specialist, UMaine Extension

9:20 a.m.       Mycorrhizae Inoculation in Potatoes and Their Impact Over Yield and Quality
Ahmed Jasim, Graduate Student, UMaine

9:40 a.m.       Future of the Potato IPM Program and IPM Survey
Griffin Dill, IPM Professional, UMaine Extension
Dr. Jim Dill, Pest Management Specialist, UMaine Extension

10:00 a.m.      ****Coffee Break**** – Sponsored by Buck Construction, Inc.

10:30 a.m.
      Nitrogen Response in Potatoes and Possible Yield Prediction Models
Ahmed Zaeen, Graduate Student, UMaine

10:50 a.m.      Soil Test Interpretation
Bruce Hoskins, Soil Scientist, UMaine

11:10 a.m.      Green Manures:  Impacts on Rotation and Crop Yields
Joe Gies, Vice President, High Performance Seeds, Inc., Moses Lake, WA

11:30 a.m.      National Potato Conference Update
Dominic Lajoie, LaJoie Growers

11:40 a.m.
      ****Lunch – On Your Own****

1:00 p.m.      Management of Undersown Annual Ryegrass and Cover Crops:  Effects on
Potato Yield and Quality
Dr. John Jemison, Soil and Water Quality Specialist, UMaine Extension

1:20 p.m.      Bio-Fumigants:  Impacts on Rotations and Crop Yields
Joe Gies, Vice President, High Performance Seeds, Inc., Moses Lake, WA

1:40 p.m.      Best Practices for Chemical and Biological Fumigation:  Research Results
Dr. Alicyn Smart, Plant Pathologist, UMaine Extension
Dr. John Jemison, Soil and Water Quality Specialist, UMaine Extension
Dave Adams, Dasco, Inc.

2:00 p.m.      ****Coffee Break****

2:30 p.m
.      Potato Leafhoppers
James Dwyer, Crops Specialist, UMaine Extension

2:50 p.m.      PVY Video
Dr. Andrei Alyokhin, Entomologist, UMaine
James Dwyer, Crops Specialist, UMaine Extension

3:10 p.m. 
     Economic Status and Broad Trends in Ag and Forestry
Ethan Robertson, Business Consultant, Farm Credit East

3:30 p.m. 
     Early Blight Forecasting and Management Strategies
Dr. Khalil Al-Mughrabi, Plant Pathologist, NBDA

3:50 p.m.      Incorporating Potatoes into Beef Cattle Diets
Dr. Colt Knight, Livestock Educator, UMaine Extension

4:10 p.m.      U.S. Potato Market Overview
Kimberly Breshears, Marketing Program Director, Potatoes USA

4:30 p.m.      Wrap Up – Questions

Tentative 2019 Maine Potato Conference
Thursday, January 24, 2019

8:40 a.m.       Quick In Field Diagnostics
James Dwyer, Crops Specialist, UMaine Extension

9:00 a.m.       Blackleg Update
Dr. Jay Hao, Plant Pathologist, UMaine

9:20 a.m.
       The Use of Mineral Oils and Reducing PVY Inoculum
Dr. Andrei Alyokhin, Entomologist, UMaine

9:40 a.m.       Insect Control Studies
Aaron Buzza, Assistant Scientist, UMaine

10:00 a.m.
        **** Coffee Break****

10:30 a.m.      Certification Lab Post-Harvest Testing
Andrew Plant, Plant Pathologist, Maine Potato Board

10:50 a.m.      Potato Mop Top Virus and Powdery Scab
Dr. Khalil Al-Mughrabi, Plant Pathologist, NBDA

11:10 a.m.      Transitional Estate Planning
Dr. Gary Anderson, State Specialist, UMaine Extension

11:30 a.m.      ****Lunch – On Your Own****

1:00 p.m.
      Certification Test Results
Eric Hitchcock, Seed Certification Program Manager, MDAFC

1:20 p.m.      NRCS/MDEP Updates and Survey
Seth Jones, NRCS; Hollie Umphrey, CASWCD; Kathy Hoppe, MDEP

1:40 p.m.
      Fly Ash Conclusions from Research Trials
Sukhwinder Bali, Extension Educator, UMaine

2:00 p.m.     Potato Breeding Program and Variety Development
Dr. Greg Porter, Agronomist, UMaine

2:20 p.m.     Jelly-End Rot and Physiological Responses to Stress Conditions
Dr. Greg Porter, Agronomist, UMaine

2:40 p.m.     Board of Pesticide Control Update
John Pietroski, Manager of Pesticide Programs, BPC

3:00 p.m.
     Agriculture Survey
Dr. Lakesh Sharma, Soil and Crops Specialist, UMaine Extension

3:20 p.m.     Wrap Up – Questions

 If you have questions or need assistance, please contact pam.hickey@maine.edu, or call 207.764.3361.


Directions:


If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Pam Hickey at 207.764.3361 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.