Sweet Corn IPM Newsletter No. 10 – August 29, 2014

August 29th, 2014 1:42 PM

sweet corn

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Sweet Corn Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 10, August 29, 2014, “Pest Pressure Moderate in Most Locations.”

Catch the Buzz About Beekeeping

August 25th, 2014 1:27 PM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine State Beekeepers Association (MSBA) will offer Beginner Bee School, 6–8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 1-29, at Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale.

Instructor Larry Peiffer, master beekeeper and former MSBA vice president, will discuss honeybee colonies, hive construction, pests and diseases and honey production. During the five-week course, participants will also observe area hives and gain hands-on experience during a field lab. Cost is $90 per person/$130 for two people who share the text and materials. A one-year membership in the York County Beekeepers Association is included with the fee. Sept. 19 is the deadline to register.

More information, including registration, is available online or by contacting the UMaine Extension York County office at 800.287.1535 (in state), 207.324.2814 or rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu. To request a disability accommodation, call Frank Wertheim, 800.287.1535 (in state) or 207.324.2814

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 8/22/2014

August 25th, 2014 11:03 AM
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

Spotted wing drosophila captures increased significantly in most of our trapping locations this week, although two locations (Warren and Mechanic Falls) caught no flies.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the Spotted Wing Drosophila Update for August 22, 2014, where you can subscribe to blog updates.

Sweet Corn IPM Newsletter No. 9 – August 22, 2014

August 25th, 2014 10:43 AM

sweet corn

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Sweet Corn Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 9, August 22, 2014, “Corn Earworm Numbers Increasing.”

WVII Covers Art in the Garden at Rogers Farm

August 21st, 2014 8:16 AM

WVII (Channel 7) reported on the Art in the Garden event held at Rogers Farm in Old Town, which is part of the University of Maine’s J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center. The demonstration garden at the farm is maintained by Master Gardener volunteers. The event featured live music, food, demonstrations on pressing flowers, children’s activities and poems read in the garden. Kate Garland, a horticulturist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, said she’s always happy to see new faces at the farm and hopes it attracts as many people as it can. “We want to showcase the wonderful work the Master Gardeners have been doing all season long and welcome a broad range of people into the garden,” Garland said.

Jemison Talks Fall, Cover Crops on WVII ‘Backyard Gardener’ Series

August 21st, 2014 8:07 AM

John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was featured in the latest installment of the “Backyard Gardener” series on WVII (Channel 7). Jemison spoke about planting fall crops such as spinach and arugula as summer gardening wanes and space becomes available in the garden. He also suggested gardeners plant cover crops such as a mixture of peas and oats to amend the soil before putting the garden to bed for the winter

Maine AgrAbility Featured in WABI Report

August 19th, 2014 3:36 PM

WABI (Channel 5) reported on Maine AgrAbility, a USDA grant-funded state program that helps farmers with chronic health conditions and disabilities gain more control of their lives, continue to farm successfully and live independently. The program is a nonprofit collaboration of University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and Alpha One. The report focused on a farmer in Winterport who was helped by the program. Richard Brzozowski, project director of Maine AgrAbility and a small ruminant and poultry specialist with UMaine Extension, told WABI “You don’t look at the disability part. You think of what they can do; the ability part.”

UMaine Extension Mentioned in Press Herald Article on Organic Hops

August 19th, 2014 3:20 PM

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about changes in U.S. Department of Agriculture standards that require organic beer to be brewed with organic hops and how those changes are inspiring more Maine brewers to grow hops. According to the article, UMaine Extension is testing several organic hop varieties to see which thrive and can make tasty brews in Maine.

Maine Grain and Oilseed Newsletter August 2014 Issue Available

August 19th, 2014 10:17 AM

field of ripe grain

Dear Grower,

The August 2014 issue of the Maine Grain and Oilseed Newsletter contains articles on seed bed preparation, tillage radish cover crops, and a reprint of last year’s article on harvest efficiency and combine adjustment.

Sincerely,
Andrew Plant, Extension Agriculture Educator

57 Houlton Road, Presque Isle, ME 04769
207.764.3361 or 1.800.287.1462
extension.umaine.edu/aroostook

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 8/15/2014

August 19th, 2014 8:57 AM
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

Although spotted wing drosophila captures remain relatively low through most of the state, we are finding the flies in more locations this week.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the August 15, 2014 Spotted Wing Drosophila Update, where you can subscribe to blog updates.