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Yarborough Talks to AP about Maine’s Blueberry Crop

David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist and horticulture professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Associated Press about this year’s blueberry crop. Yarborough said Maine’s wild blueberry fields for the most part escaped widespread damage from a harmful new fruit fly during the summer harvest, resulting in what is expected to be an above-average crop. Boston Herald, The Bellingham Herald, Brattleboro Reformer, Portland Press Herald, WLBZ (Channel 2) and Boston.com were among several news organizations to carry the AP report.

Fenceviewer Quotes Yarborough about Blueberry Harvest

Fenceviewer, the community news and information website for Hancock County, Maine, quoted David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist and horticulture professor at the University of Maine, in an article on this year’s blueberry harvest. Yarborough said the crop is looking “above average” and “the recent showers and the cooler, drier air have provided for excellent crop quality.”

Yarborough, Drummond, McCarty Quoted in Press Herald Blog about Blueberry Harvest

The latest post on the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources” included quotes from three University of Maine Cooperative Extension educators about the state’s blueberry harvest. David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist, spoke about the efficiency of the Bragg Blueberry Harvester; Frank Drummond, an entomologist, spoke about the spotted wing drosophila and its negative effects on the crop; and Kate McCarty, food preservation community education assistant, shared a recipe for Honeyed Blueberry Vanilla Jam.

Drummond Quoted in TakePart Article on Climate Change Threatening Foods

Frank Drummond, entomologist at the University of Maine, was quoted in a TakePart article titled “Is climate change threatening Maine’s staple foods?” Drummond spoke about the spotted wing drosophila, a new fruit fly that is targeting the state’s blueberries. Drummond said the pests need to be monitored and managed, but harvesting berries earlier and using an experimental mesh trap could help keep the flies off the berries.

Yarborough Discusses Blueberry Harvest with WLBZ

David Yarborough, wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WLBZ (Channel 2) about this year’s harvest. He said he thinks the state will see a better-than-average crop this year.

Drummond, Yarborough Talk to Media about Blueberry Growing, Harvest

Frank Drummond, entomologist at the University of Maine, and David Yarborough, wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with BangorMetro about growing blueberries in Maine. Drummond focused on increasing native pollinators and Yarborough spoke about the history of growing blueberries and Maine’s crop. Yarborough also spoke with the Bangor Daily News about this year’s crop for the article “Above-average blueberry harvest expected after heavy rains.” He talked about the large size of the blueberries, as well as growers’ concern of the spotted wing drosophila, a fruit fly that damages berries.

Yarborough, Drummond Quoted in Huffington Post Blog

A recent blog post by Sharon Kitchens on Huffington Post titled “Pollination of Maine’s Wild Blueberry Crop” contains quotes from David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Frank Drummond, an entomologist and blueberry pollination expert at UMaine. The Portland Press Herald also carried the blog post recently.

Yarborough, Drummond Quoted in Press Herald Blog

A recent post on the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root,” titled “Pollination of Maine’s Wild Blueberry Crop,” contains quotes from David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Frank Drummond, an entomologist and blueberry pollination expert at the University of Maine.


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Cooperative Extension: Maine Wild Blueberries
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail: extension@maine.edu
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