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.
Maine Grain Alliance expects over 2500 people to take part in its Artisan Bread Fair on July 28, 9am-3pm, at the Skowhegan Fair Grounds. This annual event follows the 2-day Kneading Conference. To find out more, visit http://kneadingconference.com/2011-artisan-bread-fair/.
LOCATION: Borderview Research Farm, 146 Line Road, Alburgh, VT
HOSTS: NW Crops and Soils Program
DATE: June 29, 2012
TIME: 1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.
The NW Crops and Soils Program has been busy! Come check out all the grains trials that are usually harvested by the time of our Annual Field Day. There are over 1000 plots of spring and winter wheat, heirloom wheat, spring and winter barley, and oats. We also have small grain trials on planting dates, weed control, and organic fertility!
For more information or to register, please contact: Heather Darby or Erica Cummings by June 28, 2012. Phone: 802-524-6501 or e-mail: heather.darby[at]uvm.edu or erica.cummings[at]uvm.edu
UMaine Small Grain and Forage Field Day
July 10, 2012
5:30 to 8:00 p.m. (registration starts at 5:15)
UMaine Rogers Forage & Crops Research Farm
Please join us to learn about:
- Small grain varieties for organic production and later fall planting (wheat, spelt, flax)
- Growing flax for feed to alter milk quality
- Summer slump pasture forages
- Fitting wheat into dairy rotations
- Preplant nitrogen sources for organic bread wheat yield and quality
- Nitrogen topdressing decision tools for organic bread wheat
- Microbial soil inoculants for wheat
- Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension Educator
- Ellen Mallory, UMaine Extension Sustainable Agriculture Specialist
- Tom Molloy, UMaine Research Associate
- Aaron Englander, UMaine Graduate Student
No pre?registration required. Refreshments provided.
Certified Crop Advisor credits will be available.
For more information, contact: Ellen Mallory at email@example.com; 207?581?2942
Directions: The UMaine Rogers Farm is located on Rt. 16, 1.5 miles north of Stillwater, ME. Take exit 193 off I?95 and head east toward Old Town on Stillwater Ave. At the third set of lights, turn left onto Bennoch Rd. (Rt. 16). The Rogers Farm is 1.5 miles north on Bennoch Rd.
The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquires regarding non-discrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 581-1226.
If you are a person with a disability and will need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Ellen Mallory at 207?581?2941 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted.
Restoring Landrace Wheat
June 22, 2012
11:00 – 7:00
Potluck Meals, MOFGA
- Gary Nabhan, nature writer, seed saver, conservation biologist and sustainable ag activist
- Tom Payne, Director of the world’s largest wheat genebank
- Ellen Mallory, NNE Local Bread Wheat Project
Join us to discover little-know landrace wheat biodiversity and share practical skills for seed-saving landrace wheats.
Participants will receive free landrace seeds from the Heritage Grain Conservancy, the outcome of three years of on-farm organic trials funded by SARE. List: growseed.org/catalogue1.pdf
Organized by Eli Rogosa, Heritage Wheat Conservancy
Commercial Production for Food & Feed
Friday, February 17, 2012
Bangor Banquet & Conference Center (at Bangor Motor Inn, Hogan Rd.)
Register by February 10: $15 includes lunch.
Come hear what’s going on with food and organic feed-grade markets and how to produce quality grains. A panel of grain buyers will discuss what they’re looking for. Farmer and co-owner of Farmer Ground Flour, Thor Oechsner, will talk about growing, handling, and processing food and feed grains. Elizabeth Dyck, Organic Growers’ Research and Information-Sharing Network, will share her insights from working with farmers in New York and Pennsylvania to supply grains to local markets. Jake Dyer, of UMaine and Qualey Farms, will tell how he’s reduced feed costs for the UMaine dairy herd by growing his own barley. Alice Percy, Treble Ridge Farm, will talk about small scale production of feed and food grains. Also, fitting organic grains into forage and crop rotations, UMaine research wheat research results, and more.