New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference and Trade Show
Tuesday through Thursday, December 17-19, 2013
Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire
The New England Vegetable and Fruit (NEVF) Conference will include more than 25 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer to Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion on certain issues. There is also an extensive Trade Show with over 100 exhibitors.
The conference is put together with close collaboration between growers and Cooperative Extension from across the region. This is a great opportunity to meet with fellow growers, advisors, researchers, and industry representatives.
For more information and to register, please visit the NEVF Conference website, www.newenglandvfc.org.
The Bangor Daily News interviewed University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cranberry Associate Charlie Armstrong about the 2012 cranberry harvest in Maine, which Armstrong said was the best harvest ever and due largely to a combination of suitable weather and better pest management.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension cranberry specialist Charlie Armstrong spoke with Channel 7 (WVII) for a 10 p.m. report Nov. 28 about this year’s cranberry harvest in Maine, which he said was productive though affected in some areas by erratic weather.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension cranberry specialist Charles Armstrong was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News article on this year’s cranberry harvest, which he said probably will weigh in at 2.4 million pounds — not a record but good news for those growers who were less affected by erratic weather conditions. The record harvest, at 3 million pounds, was in 2010.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and cranberry specialist Charlie Armstrong was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News article on the 2012 cranberry harvest. Armstrong said growers expect the yield to exceed 2.5 million pounds, just shy of the 3 million-pound record set in 2010. He credited good weather and a mild winter for improved growing conditions.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and cranberry specialist Charlie Armstrong said in an article in the Maine Sunday Telegram warm weather resulting from climate change could be behind this year’s successful cranberry harvest in Maine. Armstrong also said crops like peaches, typically better suited for warmer, southern climates, could become more common in the north if temperatures continue to rise, even by a few degrees.
The Ellsworth American’s Fenceviewer website, Channel 6 (WCSH) and Channel 2 (WLBZ) interviewed University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and cranberry specialist Charlie Armstrong for an update on the 2012 cranberry crop. Armstrong said the harvest appears to be an excellent one in spite of some adversarial weather conditions and a three-fold increase in cranberry fruit worms.
Despite an increase this year in pests such as worms and moths, University of Maine Cooperative Extension cranberry professional Charlie Armstrong says this year’s cranberry crops “are looking super, overall,” and is available to discuss some of the factors influencing the yield. Armstrong says cranberry fruitworm populations were very high this year, as much as three times higher than normal, which affected some growers, but those most seriously affected lost only 5 to 10 percent of their crop. Armstrong blames the mild winter for high fruitworm and moth populations.
[Revised March 21st, 2012] University of Maine Cooperative Extension blueberry specialist David Yarborough was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News report on a new pest, the Spotted-wing Drosophila (a new invasive species of fruit fly native to Asia) (Drosophila suzukii), which has been identified for the first time in Maine. It poses a new threat to Maine blueberry crops (and perhaps to cranberries as well though that is regarded as far less likely than blueberries, which have a softer skin than cranberries). Yarborough says growers must consider spraying crops far more often than normal to control the small flies, which lay eggs on unripe fruit in addition to ripe or rotting fruit. Both blueberries and cranberries in Maine will be monitored for the presence of the fly during the 2012 season.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has created an online video that showcases many of the ways that cranberries can be used, and gives instructions on how to preserve them. You can also visit http://umaine.edu/cranberries/ways-to-use-cranberries/ for even more ideas on how to use cranberries.