David Yarborough

David Yarborough
Wild Blueberry Specialist
Professor of Horticulture
School of Food and Agriculture
5722 Deering Hall Rm. 414
Orono, ME 04469-5722
Phone: 207.581.2923 / Toll Free: 800.897.0757 x 1

Degree: Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, 1991

Research Topic: Weed crop ecology, weed management

Overview of Research: His research subject dealt with weed-crop competition and shifts in species distributions in Maine’s wild blueberry fields with the use of herbicides. He now does research on developing chemical and cultural strategies for controlling weeds, with an emphasis in developing strategies to prevent herbicide resistance. He works with wild blueberry growers in Maine and Canada to educate them on best management practices that will enable them to increase their efficiency of production and profitability, so that this industry may remain competitive in the world marketplace.

Recent Publications:
Yarborough, D.E. 2012.Improving Northern Bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum) Production.Acta Hort.In press.

Drummond, F., S and D.E. Yarborough. 2012. Growing Season Effects on Wild Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) in Maine and Implications for Management. Acta Hort.In press.

Yarborough, D.E. 2012.Establishment and Management of the Cultivated Lowbush Blueberry. International Journal of Fruit Science 12(1-3):14-22.

Drummond, F., S. Annis, J.M. Smagula and D.E. Yarborough. 2012. Organic Lowbush Blueberry Research and Extension in Maine. International Journal of Fruit Science 12(1-3): 216-231.

McGovern, K., S. Annis, and D.E. Yarborough. 2012. Efficacy of organically acceptable materials for control of mummy berry disease on wild blueberries in Maine. International Journal of Fruit Science 12(1-3):188-204.

Hunt, J.F., C.W. Honeycutt, G. Starr, D. Yarborough. 2010. Effect of Pine Bark Mulch on Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) Water Demand. International Journal of Fruit Science 10(4): 390-415.

Hunt, J.F., C.W. Honeycutt, G. Starr, and D. Yarborough. 2009. Influence of coastal proximity on the evapotranspiration rates and crop coefficients of Maine lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium). Int. J. Fruit Sci. 9(4):323-343.

Yarborough, D.E. 2009.Cultivated Lowbush Blueberry Establishment and Management. Journal of the Jilin Agricultural University 31(5): 556-560.

Drummond, F., S. Annis, J. M. Smagula and D.E. Yarborough. 2009. Organic Production of Wild Blueberries. I. Insects and Disease. Acta Hort. 810:275-286.

Smagula, J.M., D.E. Yarborough, F.A. Drummond, and S. Annis. 2009. Organic Production of Wild Blueberries II. Fertility and Weed Management. Acta Hort. 810:673-684.

Drummond, F., J. Smagula, S. Annis and D. Yarborough. 2009. Organic wild blueberry production. MAFES Technical Bulletin 852.University of Maine, Orono, ME.48 pp.

Yarborough, D.E., J.M. Smagula, F.A. Drummond, and S. Annis. 2009. Organic Production of Wild Blueberries III. Fruit Quality. Acta Hort. 810:847-852.