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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 26, May 24, and June 28
Charles and Dorothy Dolham’s on Rt. 235, 2740 Western Road, Warren
Washington County
Wednesday, April 27, May 25, and June 29
Blueberry Hill Farm, Route 1, Jonesboro
Hancock County
Thursday, April 28 May 26 and June 30
G. M. Allen’s Freezer on Route 15, Orland


New Fact Sheets Available

Wild blueberry fact sheets 209, 219, 239, have been updated, mailed to growers on our mailing list, and posted on our website for viewing and printing.


What will happen to your land when you die?

WASHINGTON-HANCOCK COUNTY FARM BUREAU invites you to attend a FREE SEMINAR on estate planning for farmers and landowners offered by Ellsworth attorney, Jeff Jones, at Jaspers Restaurant Monday evening April 4th from 6-7:30pm.  Attorney Jones is noted nationally for his experience in trusts and estate planning and has over 25 years experience dealing with these issues.  A representative of Farm Family Insurance will also be available to speak informally with anyone interested. Light refreshments. Head count is necessary, so kindly RSVP to Gary Sargent 667-6501; Walter Kane 667-5127; Mary Thompson 483-4777; or Gregg Warren 469-7322.


Public Relations: A recent media pitch focusing on the popular New Year’s resolution to eat healthy has been gaining momentum.  Our positioning of Wild Blueberries to consumer media targets as one of the healthiest foods to add to the plate in 2011 has drawn interest from large national consumer magazines like Rachel Ray to online media outlets and blogs.

A few recent stories resulting from the New Year’s pitch:

Pensacola (FL) News Journal’s Bella magazine features “Wild Blueberries – The Perfect Start to a New Year”

Real Food Traveler highlighted Maine with focus on WBB, including two WBB recipes and images

She Knows feature blogger highlighted “Wild Blueberries – The Perfect Start to New Year” with her own take on WBB using WBB recipes

Additionally, Wild Blueberries will be featured at a Maine-inspired Valentine’s dinner at the Purple Yam in NYC.  We are working with chef/author Kathy Gunst on the event.

Satellite Media Tour: The Marketing Committee approved sponsorship of a satellite media tour with chef/author Allison Fishman.  She has a new book coming out in April entitled You Can Trust a Skinny Cook.  She is a co-host of Cook Yourself  Thin on Lifetime, and serves as a contributing author to a number of magazines, one of which is Cooking Light….a great match up for Wild Blueberries. The book includes a number of recipes incorporating blueberries such as: Banana Blueberry Bread, Breakfast Bread Pudding with Peaches and Blueberries, Berry Cobbler with Buttermilk Biscuits, Lemon Curd Tartlets and Skillet Blueberry Flambe. The book will debut in April with the author scheduled to appear on the Today Show to kick it off.  To view previous TV appearances visit the following links.

CBS Morning Show (2009)

Today Show (late 2010)


David E. Yarborough
Extension Blueberry Specialist

Information in this publication is provided purely for educational purposes. No responsibility is assumed for any problems associated with the use of products or services mentioned. No endorsement of products or companies is intended, nor is criticism of unnamed products or companies implied.


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