Jemison Gives Tips for Combating Weeds on WVII ‘Backyard Gardener’ Series

July 24th, 2014 2:34 PM

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 common weeds in the garden and gave advice on how to combat them. He said an efficient way to remove weeds is to use a shovel and get all of the roots, then dispose of the plant in the trash or woods. Jemison added the best thing a gardener can do is stay ahead of the game and not let the weeds go to seed.

UMaine Cooperative Extension Lab Bond Selected as Question 2, WABI Reports

July 24th, 2014 1:59 PM

WABI (Channel 5) reported the order of bond questions for the November ballot was determined by a drawing in Augusta. A bond referring to funds for an animal and plant disease and insect control lab administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension was selected as Question 2. The question reads, “Do you favor an $8,000,000 bond issue to support Maine agriculture, facilitate economic growth in natural resources-based industries and monitor human health threats related to ticks, mosquitoes and bedbugs through the creation of an animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service?”

 

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 7/24/2014

July 24th, 2014 1:37 PM
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

Spotted wing drosophila captures continue to be low this week.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the July 24, 2014 Spotted Wing Drosophila Update, where you can subscribe to updates.

Press Herald Interviews Coffin About Free Tomato Plants

July 21st, 2014 3:06 PM

The Portland Press Herald spoke with Extension educator Donna Coffin about the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Piscataquis County handing out free tomato plants. In June, staff members and volunteers handed out 220 cherry tomato plants and donated 50 to prisoners at the Charleston Correctional Facility, hoping to inspire new vegetable gardeners, the article states. “The idea is if they start with one tomato, it is not as intimidating,” Coffin said.

Brzozowski Quoted in Press Herald Maine Gardener Column

July 21st, 2014 2:51 PM

 

Richard Brzozowski, a small ruminant and poultry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was interviewed about large garden pests for the latest column in the Portland Press Herald’s Maine Gardener series. Brzozowski said once gardeners notice damage, the first step is figuring out who is responsible. If tracks aren’t visible, he suggests spreading flour on the ground to identify the animal. He adds the two best solutions, no matter what kind of animal is causing damage, are getting a dog that can roam the grounds or putting up a fence.

 

UMaine Extension Hosts ‘Preserving by the Pint’ Author

July 21st, 2014 2:12 PM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host author Marisa McClellan 7–9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth.

McClellan, author of “Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces,” will demonstrate urban canning and preserving techniques. “Teaching city dwellers and home cooks how to extend the life of their farmers market purchases throughout the year is my passion,” says McClellan, who learned to can local blueberries, blackberries and apples from her mother.

In addition to canning basics, the book includes recipes divided by season. Spring includes Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup and summer showcases Honey-Sweetened Apricot-Lavender Butter. Fall has Chunky Pear Preserves with Sage and winter wraps up with Quince Slices in Chai Tea Syrup.

Cost is $15 per person. Registration is online. To request disability accommodations, call 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine).

Strawberry IPM Newsletter No. 6 – July 18, 2014

July 18th, 2014 1:46 PM

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Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the University of Maine Strawberry Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 6, July 16, 2014, “Renovation and Weed Management Issue.”

Sweet Corn IPM Newsletter No. 4 – July 18, 2014

July 18th, 2014 1:34 PM

sweet corn

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the Universithy of Maine Sweet Corn Integrated Pest Management Newsletter No. 4, July 18, 2014, “Corn Earworm Counts Climbing.”

BDN Covers Yarborough’s Blueberry Industry Talk

July 17th, 2014 3:18 PM

The Bangor Daily News reported on a meeting at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Blueberry Hill Farm in Jonesboro. About 150 growers, processors, vendors and suppliers gathered at the wild blueberry research facility to listen to David Yarborough, a blueberry specialist for UMaine Extension, discuss this year’s crop and the latest research projects. “Although we had a late start to the season, we’ve had plenty of rainfall — ample rainfall, really — and wild blueberries like cool and wet conditions,” Yarborough said. “So growing conditions have been fairly optimal.” Yarborough said Maine’s crop usually averages about 90 million pounds, and this season he expects the yield to be in the range of 90–95 million pounds.

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 7/17/2014

July 17th, 2014 3:16 PM
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill

Spotted wing drosophila captures are becoming more widespread this week, although numbers are still quite low.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the July 17, 2014 Spotted Wing Drosophila Update, where you can subscribe to updates.