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April 2010

Integrated Crop Management Field Training Sessions

Field training sessions will be offered at three locations to demonstrate and discuss the Integrated Crop Management (ICM) field scouting techniques in Wild Blueberry Fact Sheet No. 204.  The first and second session will cover mummy berry and blossom blight identification and monitoring, insect sweeping and identification, and weed identification and management.  The third session will cover blueberry maggot fly trapping, leaf and soil sampling, and weed identification and management.  One recertification credit per session will be offered for certified pesticide applicators.

All Field Training sessions will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Field Day Locations Location
Knox/Lincoln Counties
Tuesday, April 27, May 25, and June 29
Charles and Dorothy Dolham’s on Rt. 235, 2740 Western Road, Warren
Washington County
Wednesday, April 28, May 26, and June 30
Blueberry Hill Farm, Route 1, Jonesboro
Hancock County
Thursday, April 29, May 27, and July 1
G. M. Allen’s Freezer on Route 15,Orland

New Fact Sheets Available

Wild blueberry fact sheets 209, 219, 239, and 224 have been updated, mailed to growers on our mailing list, and posted on our website for viewing and printing. In addition to these fact sheets, are two new fact sheets: a Wild Blueberry Management Schedule and a 2010 Maine Wild Blueberry Pesticide Chart that gives an overview of pesticides available for wild blueberry use.

Maine Agricultural Sustainable Water Source Needs Survey

The Agricultural Water Management Board is requesting your assistance in identifying your needs for water sources in the coming years. This information will be used to support future cost-share programs for water source development and to provide information to help with future state and federal policy development.  The Wild Blueberry Commission is assisting the Water Management Board with this survey.

All you have to do is let us know what type of new water sources you are considering for your farm because you want to irrigate, OR, if you will need a new source because your current natural source will no longer be available due to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) low flow rules or the Federal Atlantic Salmon endangered species act (ESA) listing.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact David Bell, Wild Blueberry Commission (581-1475) and he will get an answer for you.

Please fill out the attached interactive surveysurvey form by April 16th and return it to the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine, 5784 York Complex, Orono, Maine, 04469 or email it to Nancy England at england@maine.edu.    http://www.wildblueberries.maine.edu/Newsletters/2010/WaterUseSurvey032010.pdf

WBANA News

Public Relations:A press release about Wild Blueberries Named to Top Ten List of “Americas’s Healthiest Superfoods for Women” in the 2010 January/February issue of Health Magazine has generated strong media interest.  To read the release, visit http://www.wildblueberries.com/news/news_2010-01-27.php.  Product samples have been sent to the media including national magazines like First for Women.  Local Portland, Maine NBC affiliate WCSH 6 plans to tape a segment on their nightly news magazine 207 featuring Arrows chef Clark Frasier.   Bloggers, web news outlets, and the ingredient trade have also picked up the story.

Satellite Media Tour: The Wild Blueberry Association will participate in a satellite media tour on March 2nd with New York Times health columnist Anahad O’Connor and veteran Food Network chef Dave Lieberman, co-authors of The Ten Things You Need to Eat.  The authors will explain the health benefits of foods highlighted in their new book and demonstrate how to incorporate them into tasty, easy-to-make recipes. Wild Blueberries will be featured as a star of the berry category.  Interviews will be conducted with stations across the country via a satellite uplink from a New York City studio location.  Interviews will air live in some markets and will be taped for airing in additional markets at a later date. A coverage report will be available in the March WBANA Communicator update.

Blog: The new Wild Blueberry Association blog — Wild About Health — is now live!  Otherwise known as a “Web Log”, a blog provides commentary or news related to a particular topic.  In this case, Wild about Health focuses on health and nutrition news with a particular emphasis on Wild Blueberry-related stories and events.  Unlike most typical websites, a blog allows readers to leave comments and interact with the blog community.  You can visit the blog now at http://www.wildblueberryhealthblog.com/ and subscribe to an RSS feed that will notify you of new posts, which occur on a regular basis.

Sincerely,

Dave

David E. Yarborough
Extension Blueberry Specialist


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