Sustainable Agriculture Field Day Planned – June 26, 2013

June 14th, 2013 10:29 AM

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.

2013 Summer Field Days and Twilight Tours

June 5th, 2013 2:34 PM

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.

Local Bread Wheat Project Cited in Press Herald Blog

May 30th, 2013 10:25 AM

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.

Conference to Focus on Small Grain Production on March 1, 2013

February 20th, 2013 10:01 AM

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.

Variety Trial Report and Seed Sourcing Guide

September 13th, 2012 12:55 PM

Results from the 2012 variety trial reports and a new Seed Sourcing Guide are now available! See Variety Trials.

Winter wheat harvest

July 20th, 2012 10:12 AM

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.

2012 Artisan Bread Fair

July 20th, 2012 10:10 AM

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

UVM Grain Research Tour

June 19th, 2012 10:06 AM

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.
COST: Free

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] or erica.cummings[at]

SAVE THE DATE: UMaine Small Grain and Forage Field Day, July 10, 2012

June 5th, 2012 11:20 AM

UMaine Small Grain and Forage Field Day

field of ripe wheatJuly 10, 2012
5:30 to 8:00 p.m. (registration starts at 5:15)
UMaine Rogers Forage & Crops Research Farm
Stillwater, Maine

Event flier (PDF)

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

Speakers include:

  • 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; 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.

Heritage Wheat Workshop

June 5th, 2012 11:16 AM

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:

Organized by Eli Rogosa, Heritage Wheat Conservancy