Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Strawberry Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 6, June 14, 2013, “Strawberry Harvest Starts Slow, but Promising.”
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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.
A recent blog post by Sharon Kitchens on Huffington Post titled “Pollination of Maine’s Wild Blueberry Crop” contains quotes from David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Frank Drummond, an entomologist and blueberry pollination expert at UMaine. The Portland Press Herald also carried the blog post recently.
A recent post on the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root,” titled “Pollination of Maine’s Wild Blueberry Crop,” contains quotes from David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Frank Drummond, an entomologist and blueberry pollination expert at the University of Maine.
Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Strawberry Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 5, June 7, 2013, “Strawberry Harvest Begins in Southern Maine.”
The June issue of Farm Scoop is now available: Farm Scoop – June 2013. Read about Pest Management and Your Farm, Keeping a Log of Pesticide use, Knowing Your Veterinarian, Workshops for Sheep and Goat Producers, USDA Farm Loans for Beginning Farmers and Socially Disadvantaged Groups, Maine Compost School Workshops, USDA Farm Payments Scheduled to Resume – MILC, SURE, and NAP – on May 8, and USDA Conservation Reserve Program Sign-Up.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension educators will share their expertise on financial planning for farmers with a contingent from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Extension educators will teach a farm business training course June 3-5, 2013 for DRC farmers and government officials at Maine Regional Learning Center at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth.
The 30-member DRC group is scheduled to tour local farms June 6, 2013, says UMaine Extension Educator Tori Lee Jackson.
In February, Jackson and UMaine Extension Educator Dick Brzozowski were teaching the course, “So, You Want to Farm in Maine?” when a participant — the chairperson of the Congolese American Sustainable Economic Development Foundation in Portland, Maine — asked if they would teach a class specifically for DRC residents.
Extension educators are also looking forward to learning more about agriculture in the DRC,” says Jackson.
“Participants will all speak French, so we will have all of our lectures and tours translated in real time for the week,” she says.
French is the official language in DRC, the second-largest country in Africa. The DRC, which straddles the equator, has a wet season and dry season. DRC agricultural crops include coffee, sugar, tea, palm oil, plantains, corn, peanuts and wood products.
Richard Kersbergen, University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator on sustainable dairy and forage systems, spoke with Capital Press: The West’s Ag Website about how summer annuals benefit dairy farmers.
Progressive Forage Grower magazine recently published an article on harvesting forage safely by Dawna Cyr, farm safety project assistant, and Steven Johnson, Extension crops specialist.