|Fires in the field|
The Contrary Farmer - 9/27/2012. By Gene Logsdon – If you want to see the landscape of hell painted prettily on a farmland horizon, watch a field of corn on fire. It is hellish enough, in my view, to see corn fields stretching away in every direction from sea to shining sea with no houses, barns, trees, fences, grazing animals or any other sign of human habitation in sight. But when a curtain of fire is rushing across this land of the free and home of the brave, the effect is terrifying.
Bangor Daily News - 9/27/2012. Editorial cartoon by George Danby – Adam and Eve Update
|New fruit fly attacks Maine crops|
Sun Journal - 9/26/2012. By Kathryn Skelton – It's the bug to watch: Less than one-sixteenth of an inch long, the ladies fly around with serrated saws, the men with dots on their wings. Last September the state caught the Spotted Wing Drosophila here for the first time, by the half-dozens. This summer, less than a year later, Monmouth traps bagged up to 3,000 a week.
|Record numbers flock to Umaine’s food science program|
Portland Press Herald - 9/26/2012. By Avery Yale Kamila – Brianna Hughes of New Gloucester wants everyone to eat better, so she's working with local food companies to help make products that are safer and more nutritious for consumers. To that end, she is pursuing a doctorate in food science at the University of Maine, where such hands-on work is part of the curriculum.