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.
This has been a frustrating harvest and fall sowing season to date due to the uncooperative weather we’ve all been experiencing. Reviewing weather data from Caribou, Maine for the season, we are significantly above normal for precipitation for the growing season, and through the harvest/fall sowing period of August 15-September 15, the longest consecutive stretch of days without precipitation was three days. The September issue of the Maine Grain and Oilseed Newsletter contains helpful articles about “Late Planting Fall Grains” and “Cover Crops to Protect Soils and Improve Crop Quality.”
Image Description: field of ripe grain
Ellen Mallory, sustainable agriculture extension specialist at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine director of the Northern New England Local Bread Wheat Project, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article “How Skowhegan became Maine’s new bread basket” after the annual Kneading Conference was held in Skowhegan. Mallory spoke about the need for more research and educational resources on what it takes to grow grain in Maine. She also said Skowhegan is becoming an example of how to foster agriculture-based economic development.
A Morning Sentinel article previewing this week’s Kneading Conference and Artisan Bread Fair in Skowhegan mentioned Ellen Mallory, University of Maine sustainable agriculture extension specialist and Maine director of the Northern New England Local Bread Wheat Project. Mallory is expected to give a presentation on the regional project and its goal to help farmers increase the production and quality of organic bread.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will hold its annual Sustainable Agriculture Field Day on June 26, 2013 for farmers, crop advisers and others interested in crop production.
The free event will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the 100-acre Rogers Farm on Bennoch Road in Stillwater, Maine, part of UMaine’s J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center. Sustainable Agriculture Field Day will highlight crop options for new grain markets, weed management in organic soybeans and small grains, improved ryegrass varieties, cover crops such as tillage radish to improve soil quality, organic nitrogen sources for small grains and wheat varieties.
Presenters include: Ellen Mallory, UMaine Extension sustainable agriculture specialist; Eric Gallandt, UMaine associate professor of weed ecology and management; Richard Kersbergen, UMaine Extension educator; John Jemison, UMaine Extension soil and water quality specialist; Erin Roche, graduate student in sustainable agriculture; and Tom Molloy, UMaine research associate.
Registration begins at 4:45 p.m. Participants will receive one pesticide certification credit and 2.5 certified crop adviser credits.
For more information or to request disability accommodations, contact Ellen Mallory, 207.581.2942 or John Jemison, 207.581.3241, or TDD 1.800.287.8957.
June 26 – UMaine Small Grain and Forage Field Day, evening, Rogers Farm, Stillwater, Maine. For more info, click here.
June 27 – UVM Grain Research Tour, 10am to 3pm, Borderview Research Farm, Alburgh, Vermont. For more info, click here.
July 9 – UMaine Organic Food and Feed Grain Field Day and BBQ, evening , UMaine Aroostook Farm, Presque Isle, Maine. For more info, click here.
The Northern New England Local Bread Wheat Project, a USDA-funded initiative that aims to help farmers increase organic bread wheat production and quality, was the focus of the latest post on the Portland Press Herald blog, “The Root.” Ellen Mallory, a sustainable agriculture specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, is one of two project directors and was quoted in the article.
Commercial production for new small grain markets will be the focus of the annual Maine Grain Conference March 1 in Bangor, sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The conference will be held 8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m., at the Spectacular Events Center, 395 Griffin Road. Speakers from Maine and Canada will discuss producing food-quality grains, with particular attention to crop rotation, fertility and disease; managing problem weeds in organic small grain crops; local markets and informational resources for small grain-producers; and seed laws and the seed certification process. Preregistration is required by Thursday, Feb. 21. Information on registration and conference fees is available on the conference website. To register by phone, or to request disability accommodations, call Meghan Dill, 207.581.3878.
Results from the 2012 variety trial reports and a new Seed Sourcing Guide are now available! See Variety Trials.
Winter grain harvest is upon us. See photos of combining the winter wheat varieties at UMaine Roger’s Farm at 2012 Winter Wheat Harvest. Vermont harvested their trial last week.