you please help spread the word to SFR faculty and students about the
Mitchell Center's next sustainability talk. Our presenter is Lily
Calderwood from UMaine Cooperative Extension
who will talk about the climate tools her research team is developing
savvy farmers. See below
and attached for talk details.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
All talks are available via Zoom and are free and open to the
public. Registration is required. Please go to
the event page to register and receive connection information.
Speaker: Lily Calderwood, Extension Wild Blueberry Specialist and Assistant Professor of Horticulture, UMaine
talk will focus on a project led by University of Maine Cooperative
Extension members and the State Climatologist in collaboration with
Maine farmers. Their goal: to listen to farmer needs around weather
information and farm management decision support tools, and discuss
future capabilities in light of Maine’s changing climate.
discuss their progress towards providing site-specific temperature,
precipitation, frost and heat-stress warnings, cloud-cover/sunshine,
evapotranspiration, and soil moisture forecast and observation values
for locations in Maine. The apple, wild blueberry, and potato industries
already have crop-specific weather stations. Through the project, the
team has gained a better understanding of how these crop-specific
weather stations can be combined with NOAA gridded weather data to serve
more farms in Maine.
conducts research and education programs that aim to develop whole
system approaches to wild blueberry production in Maine. Integrated Pest
Management (IPM) is at the forefront of her work, which can improve the
economic and ecological resilience of farms by incorporating subjects
such as fertility, soil health, and plant physiology into pest
Please let me know if you have any questions.