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Newsletters - Wild Blueberry Newsletter – February 2014

February 2014

Wild Blueberry Commission Newsletter

MPG 2014 Annual  Blueberry Meeting


Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Knox-Lincoln County Extension Office, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, Maine


Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Hancock County Extension Office, 63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth, Maine


Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: University of Maine – Machias, Science Bldg, Room 102, O’Brien Avenue, Machias, Maine


Machias All others Agenda
1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Situation Update – Minimizing Nuisance & Stinging Incidents, Tony Jadczak, Maine Department of Agriculture
1:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Pollinator Health and Efficacy, Frank Drummond, The University of Maine
1:45 p.m. 6:45 p.m. Systems Project Results for Weeds and Fertilizer, Dave Yarborough, The University of Maine
2:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. Wild Blueberry Disease Update, Seanna Annis, The University of Maine
2:45 p.m. 7:45 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. 8:15 p.m. Spotted Wind Drosophila, What We Learned in 2013, Frank Drummond, The University of Maine
3:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Board of Pesticides Control Regulation Update, Staff, Board of Pesticides Control
4:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Adjourn
Two re-certification credits available for licensed pesticide applicators!

Wild Blueberry Pesticide License Training Sessions and Exams

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Board of Pesticides Control will also present a three-hour core training session on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the University of Maine at Machias Science Building, Room 115 from 8:00 to 11:00 AM to prepare growers for the Private Pesticide Applicator Core Exam. Following the training session, there will be an additional hour to provide growers training for the Blueberry commodity exam.  After the exam training, both Core and Commodity exams will be administered at 1:00 PM. 

Pre-registration is required and a fee of $10 will be charged.  Please call 207.581.3878 or email Meghan Dill  to reserve a seat. You will need to indicate the tests you plan to take when you contact Meghan and then send in your registration money.  If you are unsure which exams you need to take, call her and she can go over the options with you.  If you want to take commercial applicator exams, you must file an application with the Board of Pesticides Control. Contact Gary Fish at 207.287.7545 or

Maine Wild Blueberry Crop Figures for 2013 Not Available

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service usually publishes the Preliminary Non-Citrus Fruit and Nut Report at the end of January.  However, because of budget cuts mandated by Congress they have eliminated this report.  The Non-Citrus Fruit and Nut Report will not be released until July 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM.  So I will not be able to provide you with the North American Blueberry Crop Summary until the August Wild Blueberry Newsletter.



David E. Yarborough
Extension Blueberry Specialist

Wild blueberry fact sheets, past newsletters, contacts, resource links, calendar of events, and more can be found at the wild blueberry website:

 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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5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail:
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