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Growing Fruit Trees in Maine Class – October 23, 2014

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Growing Fruit Trees in Maine Class

Apples on treeThursday, October 23, 2014
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Gardiner Area High School, Room 123
40 West Hill Road, Gardiner, Maine 04345
Registration Fee: $10.00 for adults. Children may attend free of charge.
Preregistration is required through MSAD #11 Adult Education.
Course ID: 6200.09.0.21.215.51.113457

Register online, or contact Diann Bailey at dbailey@msad11.org or 207.582.3774 to preregister.

Come and sample a variety of apples in this class that covers the cultural requirements of fruit trees with a focus on apples, plums and peaches. Learn about grafting, types of dwarf trees, cross pollination needs, and the basics of pruning. The class will be taught by Renae Moran, Tree Fruit Specialist for the University of Maine. It will be held at Gardiner Area High School. The registration fee is $10.00 for adults and children may attend free of charge.

Please contact Renae Moran for more information about the class at 207.933.2100, ext. 105 or rmoran@maine.edu.

 

Moran Talks with MPBN About Maine Apple Crop

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network about this year’s apple crop in Maine. According to the report, experts are predicting an excellent crop this year, with good size and color. Moran said most people who pick their own apples will not see much hail damage, and added most apple farms in Maine get a significant portion of their incomes from pick-your-own and retail farm stand sales. Moran said pick-your-own has started in southern Maine with summer varieties. Activity usually picks up after Labor Day, when the main crop harvest begins the second week in September in southern Maine and continues into October in more northern areas, she said.

Maine State Pomological Society Summer Meeting and Orchard Tour on July 23, 2014

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Apples

MAINE STATE POMOLOGICAL SOCIETY SUMMER MEETING AND ORCHARD TOUR

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cooper Farms – orchard located near 823 Church Street, Hartford, Maine 04220
Orchard phone:  207.674.2200
Hosted by Chris and Cam Cooper and Cooper Farms employees

Registration fee:  $20.00 per person for Pomological Society members and nonmembers, to be paid at the event.  Lunch will be included.  Please contact Pam St. Peter at 207.933.2100 or pamela.stpeter@maine.edu to let us know that you plan to attend.

The Maine State Pomological Society and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will hold a Summer Meeting and Orchard Tour at a Cooper Farms orchard in Hartford, Maine on Wednesday, July 23rd at 9:00 a.m. This meeting will provide disease and horticultural management updates for large and small scale orchardists. One pesticide applicator recertification credit will be offered for attending the entire program. Please contact Pam St. Peter at 207.933.2100 or pamela.stpeter@maine.edu  if you plan to attend, so that we will have an accurate count for lunch.  For more information, please contact Renae Moran at 207.933.2100 or rmoran@maine.edu.

AGENDA

9:00 AM REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
9:30 AM Current Situation of Apple Production and Pest Control in China
Dr. Keqiang Cao, College of Plant Protection, Agricultural University of Hebei in Baoding, China
10:15 AM Horticultural Management for New Apple Plantings
Dr. Renae Moran, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Highmoor Farm Agricultural Experiment Station
10:30 AM Disease Update and Season Reminders
Glen Koehler, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Pest Management Office
11:00 AM BREAK
11:15 AM Maine State Pomological Society Business Meeting - Andy Ricker
Maine Apple Sunday
Maine State Visitor Information Center Apple Give-away
Labor Update
Other Business
12:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM Orchard Tour
High density Honeycrisp, Macoun and Cortland orchards
Herbicide and thinning trials
ORSI orchard platform demonstration
3:00 PM ADJOURN

Sponsors:

  • Cooper Farms
  • Crop Protection Services, Lewiston, Maine
  • Northeast Agricultural Sales
  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Directions:
From I-95 take Exit 75 and travel north on Route 4, going though Auburn to Route 219 in North Turner. Turn left on Route 219 and travel about 4 miles to Church Street. Turn right onto Church Street and travel about 4 miles to the orchard, on your right. The location may be changed to an orchard that is located 2 miles north of the original location on Church Street. Directional signs will be posted.

Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Pam St. Peter at 207.933-2100 ext. 100 to discuss their needs at least seven days in advance, or call 1.800.287.8957 (voice and TDD).

Drummond Talks to BDN About Blueberry, Bee Research

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Frank Drummond, an entomology specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a UMaine professor of insect ecology, spoke to the Bangor Daily News about a five-year, $3.5 million research project on the role bees play in blueberry production. Drummond is leading the project that involves biologists, economists, anthropologists and graduate students from UMaine, as well as researchers from other states. Drummond said renting commercial beehives is, on average, the most expensive production cost for Maine’s blueberry growers. The project aims to study the role native bees play in blueberry pollination, the status of native bee populations, and which species of bees are best for adequate pollination. “The whole purpose of this project is to look at what are some of the best pollination strategies that growers might be able to use,” he said. The project also includes outreach to blueberry growers in the form of workshops hosted by Drummond to teach growers about pollination.

Handley Offers Tips on Growing Berries for Press Herald Article

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

David Handley, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist of vegetables and small fruits at UMaine’s Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, was interviewed for a Portland Press Herald article about the best methods for growing native berries. Handley shared tips for successfully growing strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries at home.

Moran Talks to WLBZ About Maine Farmers Experimenting with New Crops

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WLBZ (Channel 2) for a report about Maine farmers experimenting with new crops for the region as weather patterns change. Moran said stone fruits, such as peaches, may one day end up playing a bigger role in Maine’s farming economy. She advises Maine farmers to weigh their tolerance for risk before investing in risky crops. “When you’re planting peaches, you have to be willing to lose every tree. If you can’t handle that, stick with something tried and true like apples,” she said.

Drummond Mentioned in BDN Article About Bees Involved in Delaware Accident

Friday, May 30th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News cited information from Frank Drummond, an entomology specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a UMaine professor of insect ecology, in an article about a truck carrying millions of bees overturning and releasing the bees on Interstate 95 in Delaware. The bees were heading to Ellsworth-based Allen’s Blueberry Freezer Inc., according to the article. The article cited a previous BDN report, in which Drummond stated the cost of renting hives can be a blueberry grower’s single most expensive management practice, but that the practice results in higher yields.

2014 Maine Pollination Workshops

Friday, April 11th, 2014

2014 Maine Pollination Workshops

During the spring and summer of 2014, researchers from the University of Maine are hosting a series of free pollination workshops for fruit and vegetable growers. These workshops are supported by a grant from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. The workshops will provide instruction on assessing bees’ impact on fruit set and identifying wild bees. They will also include information on strategies to improve habitat for wild bees. For more information, contact Kourtney Collum at kourtney.collum@maine.edu. In case of inclement weather, visit the following website for more information:  http://mainepollinationworkshops.weebly.com/. No preregistration is required for these workshops.

 

Pollination Workshop for Apple Growers

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – NEW DATE!
Rain date:  Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Highmoor Farm, UMaine Experiment Station, 52 U.S. Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259

This workshop is designed specifically for apple growers.

 

Pollination Workshop for Lowbush Blueberry Growers

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Rain date:  Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Seven Tree Farm, Route 235, 2740 Western Road, Warren, Maine 04864

This workshop is designed specifically for lowbush blueberry growers.

 

Pollination Workshop II for Lowbush Blueberry Growers

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Rain date:  Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Blueberry Hill Farm, UMaine Experiment Station, 1643 Route 1, Jonesboro, Maine 04648

This workshop is designed specifically for lowbush blueberry growers.

 

Pollination Workshop for Squash and Pumpkin Growers

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM - NEW DATE!
Highmoor Farm, UMaine Experiment Station, 52 U.S. Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259

This workshop is designed specifically for squash and pumpkin growers.

Morning Sentinel Advances UMaine Cooperative Extension Pruning Workshops

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The Morning Sentinel reported on two upcoming pruning workshops offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. On Saturday, April 12, 2014 Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District will host the UMaine Extension’s David Fuller who will discuss how to prune apple trees at the Extension office in Farmington. Walter Gooley, a conifer expert and retired Maine state forester, will also speak at the event. UMaine Extension will also offer a free apple tree pruning and grafting field day at Avalon Acres Orchard and Farm in Saint Albans on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

UMaine Extension Offers Free Apple Tree Pruning Field Day

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Pruning a fruit tree branchThe University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free apple tree pruning and grafting field day Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Avalon Acres Orchard & Farm, 234 Dexter Road, in Saint Albans.

Avalon Acres owner Mark Sheriff, an alumnus of the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program, will host. He’ll present information about general planting and management practices for apple trees then demonstrate pruning and grafting in the orchard. Apple tree growers and people who plan to plant apple trees this spring are invited to attend.

Pre-registration is requested but not required. Attendees should wear footwear appropriate for walking on uneven terrain. Rain date is Saturday, April 26. For more information, to register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Peter Bastien, 207.474.9622, 800.287.1945 (toll free in Maine).