Posts Tagged ‘Highmoor Farm’

Strawberry IPM Newsletter No. 7 – July 15, 2013

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

strawberries

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Strawberry Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 7, July 15, 2013, “Renovation and Weed Management Issue: Spotted Wing Drosophila, White Grubs Threaten Berries this Summer.”

Highmoor Farm Field Day and Summer Tour will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration fee is $20 per person, including lunch, and preregistration is strongly encouraged. For more information, visit the Highmoor Farm website or call 207.933.2100. If you are a person with a disability and will need any accommodations to participate in this program, please call Pam St. Peter at Highmoor Farm, 207.933.2100 or TDD 1.800.287.8957 to discuss your needs at least 7 days prior to this event.

Sweet Corn IPM Newsletter No. 3 – July 12, 2013

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Sweet Corn

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Sweet Corn Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 3, July 12, 2013, “Early Silking Corn Threatened by Corn Earworm.”

Sweet Corn IPM Newsletter No. 2 – July 8, 2013

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Sweet Corn

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Sweet Corn Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 2, July 8, 2013, “European Corn Borer, Corn Earworm Moths Active.”

Sweet Corn IPM Newsletter No. 1 – June 27, 2013

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Sweet Corn

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Sweet Corn Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 1, June 27, 2013, “2013 Sweet Corn Pest Season Begins!

Highmoor Farm Field Day and Summer Tour on July 31, 2013

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Highmoor Farm Field Day and Summer Tour

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Highmoor Farm, 52 US Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259
Registration fee is $20.00 (includes lunch).  Preregistration is strongly encouraged.

Contact Pam St. Peter at pamela.stpeter@maine.edu or 207.933.2100 to preregister.

Cost for registration (including lunch) is $20.00 per person and checks are to be made payable to University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

1 Pesticide Applicator recertification credit for the morning program and
1 Pesticide Applicator recertification credit for the afternoon tour

 

The Maine State Pomological Society and Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers Association will be joining with the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to hold a public field day at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, rain or shine.

High Tunnel Tomatoes
High Tunnel Tomatoes, photo by Danielle Murray

Highmoor Farm is the Field Research Station for fruits and vegetables, and has been working with Maine farmers to improve crop production since 1909, when the farm was purchased by the state to carry out research on orchard practices. For more than 100 years, researchers at Highmoor Farm have helped to develop cultural techniques, new varieties and pest management practices to improve the success of Maine’s vegetable and fruit farmers.

This year’s field day will include tours of current research projects in tree fruit, including new apple varieties with scab resistance, and projects in vegetables and berries, including grape and raspberry variety trials, sweet corn evaluations, pumpkin trials, broccoli evaluations, as well as high tunnel tomatoes, irrigation and compost application in high tunnels, trellis installation and ORSI picking platforms.

 

ORSI Picking Platform
ORSI Picking Platform, photo by Renae Moran

Participants may receive one Pesticide Applicator recertification credit for attending the morning program, and one Pesticide Applicator recertification credit for attending the tree fruit tour or the berry and vegetable tour. Growers are welcome to attend the whole day, or may come for just the morning or afternoon programs and tours. Whichever you decide, please plan to be there for lunch to share some time and informal discussion with fellow farmers, research and Extension staff and state officials.

AGENDA

9:00 AM Registration
9:15 AM Maine State Pomological Society Business Meeting
Margaret Hansel, President
9:30 AM Welcome and Introductions
Renae Moran, David Handley and Mark Hutton
9:45 AM University Announcements
Ed Ashworth, Maine Agricultural & Forest Experiment Station Director
John Rebar, UMaine Cooperative Extension Director
10:15 AM Bees and Neonicotinoid Insecticides: What’s the Risk?
Frank Drummond, UMaine School of Biology and Ecology
11:00 AM GAP Update for Fruit and Vegetable Growers
Linda Titus, AgMatters LLC
11:15 AM Break
11:30 AM Legislative Update
State Representatives James Dill and Jeffrey Timberlake
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Concurrent Experiment Station Research Tours
  Tree Fruit Tour -
Renae Moran, Glen Koehler, and special guest Terry Bradshaw, University of Vermont Horticulture Research Center
Strategies for controlling apple scab in high density orchards, new apple varieties with scab resistance, grape varieties for the northeast, trellis installation, and ORSI picking platforms for labor efficiency. Sam Ricker will also talk about his research project on the use of foliar fertilizers to prevent frost damage of flowers.
  Berry and Vegetable Tour -
David Handley and Mark Hutton
Pumpkin, sweet corn, broccoli and raspberry variety trials; spotted wing drosophila and other pests update; and high tunnel tomatoes, irrigation and compost application in high tunnels.
3:00 PM Arthritis and Production Agriculture
Amber Wolfe, Arthritis Foundation AgrAbility Project Coordinator
Basics of arthritis as a disease, pain management, sources of joint stress and pain on the farm, operation changes, modifications to farm equipment, and assistive technology tools
4:00 PM Adjourn


Directions to Highmoor Farm, 52 US Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259 (207.933.2100)

Traveling North on I-95:  Drive north on the Maine Turnpike (I-95) and take Exit 86 in Sabattus. Turn left onto Route 9/Middle Road. Travel about 2 miles on Route 9 East, then turn left onto Route 132. After 4.5 miles, turn left onto Leeds Junction Road. Travel about 2.8 miles, then turn right onto U.S. Route 202 and travel about 1.3 miles up the road until you see Highmoor Farm on the right.

Traveling South on I-95:  Take Exit 109B in Augusta. Continue west on U.S. Route 202 and travel about 15 miles. Highmoor Farm will be on the left.

If you are a person with a disability and will need any accommodations to participate in this program, please call Pam St. Peter at the Highmoor Farm at 207.933.2100 or TDD 1.800.287.8957 to discuss your needs at least 7 days prior to this event.

Strawberry IPM Newsletter No. 6 – June 14, 2013

Friday, June 14th, 2013

strawberries

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Strawberry Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 6, June 14, 2013, “Strawberry Harvest Starts Slow, but Promising.”

Strawberry IPM Newsletter No. 5

Friday, June 7th, 2013

strawberries

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Strawberry Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 5, June 7, 2013, “Strawberry Harvest Begins in Southern Maine.”

Strawberry IPM Newsletter No. 4 – May 31, 2013

Friday, May 31st, 2013

strawberries 

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Strawberry Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 4, May 31, 2013, “Warmer Temps Speed Strawberry Development.”

Strawberry IPM Newsletter No. 3 – May 24, 2013

Friday, May 24th, 2013

strawberries

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Strawberry Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 3, May 24, 2013, “Cool, Wet Weather Slows Strawberry Development.”

Strawberry IPM Newsletter No. 2 – May 17, 2013

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Strawberry IPM Newsletter No. 2 – May 17, 2013

For full page print version, please see link at the bottom. Click on photos to enlarge.

Sprayer Calibration Clinic on May 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Twilight Meeting on May 21, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
Pikes Farm to You in Farmington, Maine

STRAWBERRY BLOOM UNDERWAY

Few Insect or Disease Problems, Winter Injury Widespread

Strawberry Frost Injury
Frost Injury to Flowers and Leaves, Photo By David Handley

Situation: A little rain last weekend provided some relief from this very dry spring for most fields.  Frost hit many fields over two to three nights early in the week, and some injury has been noted wherever irrigation wasn’t able to protect the blossoms.   Plants in southern Maine are now showing open primary (king) blossoms on early varieties, while in later varieties buds are still emerging from the crown.  Fields that were under row covers are in full bloom, or just beyond, suggesting that we could see some ripe fruit in just a couple of weeks, weather permitting.  I am still finding winter injury, especially in older fields, where straw and or snow cover was inadequate during the coldest part of the winter.  On the bright side, insect activity remains fairly low in all fields scouted this week, but it is important to keep scouting during the bud emergence through bloom stages, because this is when the plants are most susceptible to clipper and tarnished plant bug.  Bloom is also the most critical stage for preventing infestation by Botrytis spores, which cause gray mold.

Sprayer Calibration Clinic and Twilight Meeting
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers Association will hold a sprayer calibration clinic for airblast sprayers at David Pike’s Farm to You in Farmington on Tuesday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m. George Hamilton with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension will demonstrate new tools for making sure your sprayer is delivering the correct rate of pesticides to your crops. Having a sprayer properly calibrated will improve the effectiveness of your sprays, and can save you money by reducing the amount of pesticide used and reducing crop losses due to pests. Participants will receive two pesticide applicator recertification credits. The calibration clinic will be followed at 5:00 p.m. by a tour of David Pike’s strawberry and vegetable fields. David has been a leader in innovative strawberry production techniques, including raised beds, plastic mulch, fertigation, fall cropping, and season extension. There will be some new low tunnel technology on display, as well as replant experiments and new varieties on trial. One pesticide applicator recertification will be awarded for the meeting. The location is 115 Mount View Road. (corner of Routes 2 & 4 and the Whittier Road) in Farmington, ME 04938. There will be signs posted. The farm phone number is 207.778.2187. Cost for the clinic is free and no registration is required. Hold the date!

Drip Irrigation Workshop
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Sherman Farm, 2679 East Conway Road, Center Conway, NH 03813. The farm phone number is 603.939.2412.

The purpose of this meeting is to review what drip irrigation options and strategies vegetable and fruit growers should be considering for the coming growing season.  Trevor Hardy, of Brookdale Fruit Farm and George Hamilton, UNH Cooperative Extension will present a hands-on demonstration on setting up a drip irrigation system and describe the various components of a system, including set ups for high tunnels.  Toro Irrigation Representative Bill Wolfram will also be present.  The meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will run until around 6:00 p.m.

For more information contact:

Olivia Saunders, UNH Extension Field Specialist
603.447.3834, e-mail: olivia.saunders@unh.edu, OR

George Hamilton, UNH Extension Field Specialist,
603.641.6060, email: george.hamilton@unh.edu.

2013-2014 New England Small Fruit Management Guides are now available at Highmoor Farm. This new, updated edition of the guide contains the latest information on management options for small fruit pests as well as cultural information. Cost of the guide is $10.00 plus $2.53 postage for a total of $12.53. To order a guide, please send your check made payable to UMaine Cooperative Extension mailed to: Highmoor Farm, P.O. Box 179, Monmouth, Maine 04259, attention Pam St. Peter. For more information, contact Pam St. Peter at 933.2100 or pamela.stpeter@maine.edu.

Clipper Injury
Clipper Injury, Photo by David Handley

Strawberry bud weevil or “clipper” should now be coming active as flower buds emerge. We have not found clipper at levels over threshold in any fields scouted to date, but it is important to keep a sharp lookout for clipped buds now, especially along wooded borders of the field.  If the average number of clipped buds exceeds 1.2 per two feet of row, or if live clippers are being found, control measures are recommended.

First Instar Tarnished Plant Bug Nymph
First Instar Tarnished Plant Bug Nymph, photo by David Handley

Tarnished plant bug adults are being reported in apple orchards in southern Maine, but we have not yet found any nymphs in the strawberry fields we have scouted. Strawberries are preferred hosts at this time of year, so we should expect to start seeing both adults and nymphs soon. To scout for the nymphs shake 30 flower clusters (six clusters in five different locations) over a plate. If four or more of the clusters out of the 30 sampled have any nymphs, control measures should be taken. Be on the alert and scout your fields as soon as blossoms start to open.

Cyclamen mites:  We have found symptoms of cyclamen mites in several plantings this spring. Symptoms include weak growth, crinkled leaves and yellow, pinkish or blackened discoloration. Cyclamen mites are too small to be seen without magnification and reside in the crown of the strawberry plant feeding on the developing leaves and flower buds. Miticides must be applied in lots of water to be sure that the material is carried down into the crowns where the mites reside.

Two-spotted Spider Mites
Two-spotted Spider Mites, Photo by David Handley

Two-spotted spider mites have been found exceeding the management threshold at one southern location this week, in a field that was under row covers. This is often where we first find mite problems. Expect mite problems to increase as the temperature increases, especially under dry conditions.

White grubs:  We have had several reports of white grub infestations in fields this spring. Weak plant growth may be the result of grubs feeding on roots. These grubs are the larvae of beetles, including European chafer and Asiatic garden beetle. The grubs have legs and a swollen anterior (rear end). The grubs can be found by pulling up weak plants and sifting through the soil that surrounded the roots.   Controlling white grubs when they are established in a field is difficult. Admire Pro® is labeled for control of white grubs and should be applied within two hours of irrigation or rainfall to get the chemical into the root zone. There is still time to apply nematodes to control the grubs. (Optimal timing is about mid-May.) Two species of nematodes appear to offer the best control. Heterorhabditis bacteriophora (Hb) is the best candidate when the soil temperature is above 60 degrees (‘J-3 Max Hb’ from The Green Spot Ltd., ‘GrubStake Hb’ from the Integrated Biocontrol Network, ‘Larvanem’ from Koppert Biological Systems.

Diseases:  Just a reminder that bloom is the critical time to protect strawberries from developing gray mold caused by the fungus Botrytis cinerea. Two to three sprays of fungicide during bloom are typically required to provide good protection against this disease. Any moisture, including irrigation, fog, or even pesticide sprays can stimulate Botrytis spores to germinate.  Fruit infections take place almost exclusively through the flowers, so gray mold control efforts must be focused on the bloom period.

Sincerely,

David T. Handley
Vegetable & Small Fruit Specialist

Highmoor Farm                       Pest Management
P.O. Box 179                             491 College Ave
Monmouth, ME  04259       Orono, ME  04473
207.933.2100                         1.800.287.0279

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Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for these programs should contact Pam St. Peter at 207.933.2100 or TDD 1.800.287.8957 to discuss their needs at least 7 days in advance.

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