Posts Tagged ‘apples’

Tree Fruit Preseason Meeting on March 5, 2014

Thursday, February 13th, 2014


Tree Fruit Preseason Meeting

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
USM Lewiston-Auburn College, Room 170
51 Westminster Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240
Registration fee:  $20.00 per person, or $25 per person on the day of the meeting.

To register, contact Glen Koehler  at or call 207.581.3882.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  This meeting will provide pest and horticultural management updates for commercial, hobbyist, large and small-scale orchardists. Three pesticide applicator recertification credits will be offered for attending from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration cost includes lunch and is $20 per person for those who preregister, or $25 per person on the day of the event. Preregistration is requested to ensure an accurate lunch count and to minimize registration time on the day of the meeting.



8:00 AM   How Climate Change Works and Observed Changes in Maine Weather
- Glen Koehler, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Pest Management Office

9:00 AM   Coffee and donuts, meet and greet — Provided by Milton Sinclair, Paris Farmers Union


9:30 AM   Groundcover Management
- William Lord, University of New Hampshire

10:30 AM   Break — Provided by Randy Drown, Crop Protection Services

10:45 AM   Changing Weather in Maine
- Glen Koehler

11:15 AM   Calcium Nutrition and Physiology
- Renae Moran, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Highmoor Farm Agricultural Experiment Station

11:45 AM   Understanding Nutrient Recommendations
- Bruce Hoskins, University of Maine Analytical Lab and Maine Soil Testing Service

12:15 PM   Lunch

1:00 PM   Maine State Pomological Society Update
- Andy Ricker, Ricker Hill Orchards, Turner, Maine

1:15 PM   Climate Risk Reduction and Opportunities for Maine Tree Fruit Growers
- Glen Koehler

2:15 PM   Growing them is Easy… What Makes for Grower Success?
- William Lord

2:45 PM   Break — Provided by Paul Peters, Northeast Agricultural Sales, Inc.

3:00 PM   Insect and Disease Pest Management Update
- Glen Koehler

3:30 PM   Maine Board of Pesticides Control Update
- Gary Fish, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

4:00 PM   Adjourn


  • Crop Protections Services
  • Northeast Agricultural Sales, Inc.
  • Paris Farmers Union
  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension
  • University of Maine Highmoor Farm Agricultural Experiment Station

Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Glen Koehler at 207.581.3882 to discuss their needs at least seven days in advance, or at 1.800.287.8957 (voice and TDD).


Travelling North on I-95:
Take Exit 80. Turn left at the light at the end of the exit, and then take your first right onto Lisbon Street (Rt. 196) headed for Lisbon Falls. Turn left at the second stop light (Maine Public Broadcasting will be on your left) onto Westminster Street. The campus is towards the top of the hill on the right, after Ryder Truck.

Travelling South on I-95:
Take Exit 80. Bear right coming off the exit to get onto Lisbon Street (Rt. 196) headed for Lisbon Falls. About 100 meters after you get onto Lisbon Street, you will cross Pleasant Street. After another 100 meters, turn left onto Westminster Street. (Maine Public Broadcasting will be on your left.) Travel about 0.3 miles and the campus is towards the top of the hill on the right, after Ryder Truck.

Highmoor Farm Fall Harvest Sale – October 10, 2013

Monday, September 16th, 2013

2013 Highmoor Fall Harvest Sale at UMaine

Staff from UMaine’s Highmoor Farm in Monmouth will be on the Orono campus again this fall to sell high quality apples and pumpkins.  We hope to see you there!

Highmoor Fall Harvest Sale
Thursday, October 10, 2013 –
weather permitting
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Located by the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre, between Winslow Hall and Fogler Library


The following apple varieties will be on sale:
Cortland                            Empire
Gala                                    Golden Delicious
Macoun                             McIntosh
Snow Sweet

Apple prices:  $1.00/lb

$2.00/lb for HoneyCrisp and organically grown HoneyCrisp

Variety of pumpkins

There will be several varieties of pumpkins on sale.

Pumpkin prices:



For more information, please contact Greg Koller, Highmoor Farm Superintendent, at 933.2100 or

Moran Talks to WVII about Apple Crop

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WVII (Channel 7) about this year’s apple crop. Moran said southern Maine is having an above average year due to the good weather conditions during pollination when trees were in bloom. She said a week later trees in northern Maine came into bloom when there was a long period of rainy, cold weather.