The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s integrated pest management (IPM) programs were mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about local organic strawberries being limited in Maine. Cathy Karonis of Fairwinds Farm in Bowdoinham said she has contemplated going organic, but can’t risk crop failure or inconsistent quality on her 14 acres of strawberries. Karonis said she follows UMaine Extension’s IPM reports and sprays when necessary. IPM is a comprehensive, decision-making process for solving pest problems. It is a sustainable approach providing economical control with the least possible hazard, to people, property and the environment.
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The Bangor Daily News article, “UMaine researchers helping coastal communities weather the storms,” focused on a study being conducted by a team of UMaine researchers who are seeking to figure out the effects of climate change on coastal communities. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative. According to the article, the team worked with people from Lincolnville and Ellsworth over 18 months to develop plans to deal with overtapped culverts. The communities were selected as models to generate information that hopefully will have broader applications around the coast. “Culverts are the backbone of infrastructure. They’re super important to communities. When they fail, it can be very expensive and disastrous for homeowners or for businesses, or for people traveling on that road. People have lost their lives,” said team member Esperanza Stancioff, an associate extension professor at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant.
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 the importance of warm soil for vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash and cucumbers. He said laying out a roll of black plastic can heat the ground and minimize weeds. Jemison also demonstrated how to plant beans.
The Sun Journal and The Maine Edge published an advance of Maine 4-H Days, an annual event sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine 4-H Foundation. The event kicks off Friday, June 20 at Windsor Fairgrounds where volunteers will pack 16,000 meals to be donated to Good Shepherd Food Bank. The event runs through Sunday, June 22 and will offer enrichment workshops on archery, chess, country line dancing, yoga, Lego robotics and animal-related topics. An ice cream social and law enforcement K-9 demonstration also will be held.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will hold its annual Sustainable Agriculture Field Day 4–7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Rogers Farm, 914 Bennoch Road in Old Town.
Rogers Farm is part of UMaine’s J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center. The free event is designed for farmers, crop advisers and others interested in agricultural production. UMaine agricultural researchers and Extension faculty will present field research highlighting current applied agricultural research projects, including alternative weed management strategies in vegetable production, opportunities and challenges with winter grains and evaluating plants to support native pollinators.
Presenters include Ellen Mallory, Extension sustainable agriculture specialist; Lois Berg Stack, Extension ornamental horticulture specialist; Eric Gallandt, associate professor of weed ecology and management; John Jemison, Extension water quality specialist; Bryan Brown and Erin Roche, UMaine graduate students in Sustainable Agriculture; and Tom Molloy, sustainable agriculture research associate. Ilse Rasmussen, visiting scholar from the International Center for Research on Organic Food Systems, will discuss sustainable agriculture in Denmark.
Participants will receive one pesticide certification credit and two Certified Crop Adviser credits. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m.; events are 5–7:30 p.m. Participants are invited to arrive at 4 p.m. to participate in a walking weed tour conducted by Gallandt.
For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call Mallory at 207.581.2942 or Jemison at 207.581.3241.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Grass Farmers Network (MGFN) are co-sponsoring a pasture walk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at Overland Farm on Hunter Road in Unity.
Overland Farm owner Mike Anderson has been improving its pastures with managed grazing and critical soil amendments. Anderson raises registered Highland cattle, a Scottish breed with long horns and wavy coats. Anderson will talk about what he has done to improve the pastures and changes he has seen in productivity. UMaine Cooperative Extension educator Rick Kersbergen will be at the walk to help answer questions.
The walk is one in a series of educational events co-sponsored by MGFN and UMaine Extension. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call the Waldo County Extension office at 207.342.5971 or email email@example.com.
The Portland Press Herald published a feature for its “Meet” series on James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Dill, a tick expert, was interviewed at the UMaine Extension Tick ID Lab in Orono. He spoke about the increase in ticks, and gave advice on tick protection. Dill said about 100 people visit the lab for tick identification in an average year, and he has already seen about 70 this year. “The whole tick and bed bug issue has become so rampant in the last five years,” he said. “It’s really on the forefront of people’s minds.”
Amy Witt, a horticulture professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, demonstrated on WLBZ (Channel 2) how to grow flowers and herbs vertically by using a pallet. Witt said pallet gardening is great for growing annuals, herbs, crops that vine and greens such as lettuce. She also spoke about UMaine Extension’s “Ask the Expert” day to be held Wednesday, June 18 at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth.
Frank Drummond, an entomology specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a UMaine professor of insect ecology, spoke to the Bangor Daily News about a five-year, $3.5 million research project on the role bees play in blueberry production. Drummond is leading the project that involves biologists, economists, anthropologists and graduate students from UMaine, as well as researchers from other states. Drummond said renting commercial beehives is, on average, the most expensive production cost for Maine’s blueberry growers. The project aims to study the role native bees play in blueberry pollination, the status of native bee populations, and which species of bees are best for adequate pollination. “The whole purpose of this project is to look at what are some of the best pollination strategies that growers might be able to use,” he said. The project also includes outreach to blueberry growers in the form of workshops hosted by Drummond to teach growers about pollination.
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 the importance of crop rotation and demonstrated the best way to plant carrots and onions.