The latest column in the Portland Press Herald’s Maine Gardener series included advice from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and James Dill, pest management specialist with UMaine Extension. Despite advice from scientists at the Maine Department of Agriculture and UMaine Extension to avoid impatiens this year, the plant has been thriving, according to the column. The article also referenced Dill’s warning earlier this season about the spotted wing drosophila, a new fruit fly that attacks ripening fruit.
Frank Drummond, entomologist at the University of Maine, and David Yarborough, wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with BangorMetro about growing blueberries in Maine. Drummond focused on increasing native pollinators and Yarborough spoke about the history of growing blueberries and Maine’s crop. Yarborough also spoke with the Bangor Daily News about this year’s crop for the article “Above-average blueberry harvest expected after heavy rains.” He talked about the large size of the blueberries, as well as growers’ concern of the spotted wing drosophila, a fruit fly that damages berries.
David Yarborough, blueberry specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Associated Press about a new fruit fly posing a threat to the state’s blueberry crop. Yarborough said while growers are anxious about the flies, they’re doing what they can to monitor and control them. The Washington Post, Kennebec Journal and PhillyBurbs.com were among news organizations to carry the report.
Spotted wing drosophila flies were captured in traps in Wells, Dresden, New Gloucester and Bowdoinham this week. Trap captures continue to be fairly low, with many locations not yet recording any flies.
Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the August 2, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Populations Remain Low,” where you can subscribe to updates.
Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Sweet Corn Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 6, August 2, 2013, “A Fairly Quiet Week for Corn Pests – Corn Earworm, Fall Armyworm and European Corn Borer Pressure Remains Light.”
Small grains have long played an important role in Maine agriculture, and their value is increasing with new and local markets for a greater variety of grains. You will find information on growing small grains and oilseeds for feed, food, and energy at the new UMaine Extension Grains & Oilseeds website.
The Maine Grain and Oilseed Newsletter provides production and research information to Maine’s grain and oilseed producers. Information includes tips on production, fertility, marketing, pest management, and more.
Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) flies were captured in traps in Wells, Warren, Dresden, New Gloucester, Monmouth, Union and Lincolnville this week. These trap captures indicate that SWD has become active in more regions of the state.
Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the July 26, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Activity Spreading,” where you can subscribe to updates.
Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Sweet Corn Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 5, July 26, 2013, “Corn Insect Activity Remains Moderate – Squash Vine Borer and Spotted Wing Drosophila Pressure Increasing.”
Highmoor Farm Field Day and Summer Tour will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration fee is $20 per person, including lunch, and preregistration is strongly encouraged. For more information and to register online, visit the Highmoor Farm website or call 207.933.2100.
James Dill, pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke to WLBZ (Channel 2) about fruit flies and the damage they cause crops. Dill said the flies are attracted to all ripening berries and the only thing he can recommend to combat them are sprays such as synthetic pesticides.
Spotted wing drosophila flies were captured in traps in Warren (6 males, 3 females) and Wells (2 females) this week in a strawberry field and raspberry field, respectively. These trap captures indicate that this insect is becoming more active in Maine.
Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the July 19, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Counts are Rising,” where you can subscribe to updates.