Potato Pest Management Conference

potato fieldWednesday, December 6, 2017
8:00 AM – 3:40 PM
UMPI Campus Center in the Multipurpose Room in Presque Isle

Who should attend: Crop Advisors, Potato Producers, and Farm Workers.

Pre-register by December 1, 2017 and save $5: $15 for American and $20 for Canadian for the one-day conference. Register at the door: $20 for American and $25 for Canadian.

Registration is closed.



8:00 a.m.: Registration

8:55 a.m.: Call to Order

9:00 a.m.: Potato LeafhoppersNow Becoming a Regular Visitor to Northern Maine
Jim Dwyer, Crops Specialist, UMaine Cooperative Extension

9:20 a.m.: Managing Volunteer Potatoes — Jake Dyer, Agronomist, Maine Potato Board

9:40 a.m.: Nematodes–The Basics, How They May Impact Potatoes, and The Association with Verticillium — Dr. Alicyn Smart, Plant Pathology Specialist, UMaine Cooperative Extension

10:00 a.m.: What’s New and Who’s New?

10:10 a.m.: COFFEE BREAK

10:30 a.m.: Remote Acquired Weather Data Available To You, Currently Being Utilized In Crop Models in Maine including Irrigation Scheduling and Disease Forecasting — Glen Koehler, Associate Scientist IPM, UMaine Cooperative Extension

10:50 a.m.: Update from the Maine Board of Pesticides Control — Megan Patterson, Manager of Pesticides Program, Board of Pesticides Control

11:10 a.m.: Spore Trapping For Potato Late Blight–Another Tool–The New Brunswick Experience — Dr. Khalil Al-Mughrabi, Plant Pathologist, New Brunswick Department of Agriculture

11:30 a.m.: LUNCH — On Your Own

1:00 p.m.: Field Identification of Common Potato Maladies — Jim Dwyer, Crops Specialist, UMaine Cooperative Extension

1:20 p.m.: Drone Applications for Agriculture and Other Industries — Wayne Kilcollins, Northern Maine Community College

1:40 p.m.: Remote Sensing Yield Applications and Future Directions — Dr. Lakesh Sharma, Soil and Crops Specialist, UMaine Cooperative Extension

2:00 p.m.: A Complex Solution to a Complex Problem: Integrated Pest Management for the Colorado Potato Beetle — Dr. Andrei Alyokhin, Entomologist, UMaine

2:20 p.m.: Insect Control Studies — Aaron Buzza, Entomologist, UMaine, Aroostook Farm 

2:40 p.m.: Disease Control Studies — Dr. Jay Hao, Plant Pathologist, UMaine

3:00 p.m.: Weed Control Strategies For Potato Rotations — Dr. John Jemison, Soil and Water Specialist, UMaine Cooperative Extension

3:20 p.m.: A New Phone App for Potato Pest Control in Development — Ahmed Zaeen, Graduate Student, UMaine

3:40 p.m.: Adjourn

For more information, contact Pamela J. Hickey 207.764.3361 or pam.hickey@maine.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela J. Hickey 207.764.3361 or pam.hickey@maine.edu to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request; however, all requests will be considered.