University of Maine News
WLBZ (Channel 2) spoke with Barbara Murphy, a gardening expert and University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator in Oxford County, for a report about home gardens being affected by overnight frost. Murphy said it has been a very cold and slow start to the growing season and advises home gardeners to wait for consistently warm daytime and nighttime temperatures before planting. “The soils are very cold — much colder than the air temperature — and they’re absolutely saturated. No seeds germinate very well under these conditions, and seedlings don’t get established well under these conditions. So just be patient,” she said.
Kathryn Hopkins, a maple syrup expert and University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, was mentioned in a Sanford News article about Hilltop Boilers of Newfield being named “top boilers” for the state at the Southern Maine Maple Sugar Makers Association’s annual maple syrup contest. About 60 participants from York, Cumberland and Oxford counties attended. Hopkins, who also is host of the Maple Grading School, has made the program and contest possible for Maine’s syrup producers, according to the article.
Mainebiz reported on the 12 panelists who have been named for the 2014 Top Gun Showcase on June 4. At the showcase, 12 of the 20 companies that went through the Top Gun entrepreneur mentor program will have their pitches evaluated by the panelists who come from a variety of industries. The University of Maine’s Target Technology Incubator is co-hosting the event with the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, which runs the Top Gun program. The event is supported by the Blackstone Accelerates Growth initiative, the Maine Technology Institute, business sponsors, mentors and program advisers.
Elmira Star-Gazette and Press and Sun-Bulletin reported that U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pick a joint proposal by Cornell, the University of Rhode Island and the University of Maine for a risk-management software package to help farmers, particularly in the Northeast, plan their crop insurance and price support participation. The report states the farm bill adopted by Congress set aside $3 million for online tools to assist farmers in their decisions about the new farm risk management programs, according to Schumer’s staff.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free weed identification walk at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Stutzman’s Farm, 891 Douty Hill Road, Sangerville.
Common weeds that invade vegetable, fruit and other cultivated crops will be the focus of the walk led by Extension Educator Donna Coffin. She’ll have references available for those who want to learn how to identify and manage weeds. Participants are encouraged to bring a digital photo of problematic weeds in their farms and gardens. Two hours of pesticide recertification credit are available for private pesticide applicators.
For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Coffin at 207.564.3301, 800.287.1491 (in Maine) or email@example.com.