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those varieties had promise. Mycolleagues and I chose 7 of themost promising, shortest seasonvarieties from those trials to tryin New Hampshire. We wrote asmall grant proposal to NewEngland Vegetable and BerryGrowers Association and cameup with a plan to take the 7 newvarieties and compare them to anon-resistant variety that doeswell in our climate. I’ve beengetting a lot of questions thissummer about genetically mod-ified crops so in case you arewondering, the new varieties arenot genetically modified, theyare the result of traditional plant breeding.One of the challenges for farm-ers and gardeners in NH is thatgrowing conditions vary widelyfrom one end of the state to theother. So to make sure we gotthe best possible information wedecided to run the trial simulta-neously in three different loca-tions; Durham, Ossipee and North Haverhill. The GraftonCounty Farm and I have collab-orated on a number of trials over the last few years and they pro-vided the land and the equip-ment for the North Haverhillsite. The Carroll County Farmand UNH’s Woodman ResearchFarm agreed to host the other two sites, and we were in busi-ness.Or, we thought we were in busi-ness, until it started raining.And kept raining. Some fields puddled, and the plants startedto look a little yellow. But,okay. Rain equals disease pres-sure and we are trying to seehow the new varieties wouldstand up to disease, right?Right, but for a while there itwas looking like the pressurewould be a little too great.Things got better, I’m happy toreport. Once the rain slowed,the plants recovered. And, weare seeing enough disease togather data on resistance, but sofar not enough to kill the plants.We haven’t had late blight yeteither, which would force us tokill the plants ourselves to pro-tect area farms.I would guess we are close to peak production in most sites,with enough green fruit left onthe plants to see how they racefrost and disease. Stay tunedthis winter when we post theresults on our research report page,https://extension.unh.edu/Grower-Resources/Research-Reports
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N.H. Big Game ManagementPlan athttp://www.wildnh.com/Hunting/Hunting_PDFs/NH_Big_Game_Plan_FINAL.pdf.) A lot of that downward trend hasoccurred because peoplerequested fewer moose. Why?The primary driver for the pub-lic desire for fewer moose has been to reduce moose-vehiclecollisions. These encounters arenow down to about 170 per year; from 1996 to 2002 theaverage number of moose killed by vehicles in New Hampshirewas well above 200 (225-265 per year). However, other formsof moose mortality appear to beon the increase.
Are moose numbers downthroughout the state?Rines:
We're most concernedabout the White Mountains andcentral New Hampshire, wherewe have seen pretty significantreductions in recent years (since2007), even with reduced num- bers of moose hunt permits being issued. We believe theseareas are likely being hit withthe double whammy of bothwinter tick and brainworm (a parasite that deer can transmit, but are unaffected by). In other parts of the state, theConnecticut Lakes Region is atgoal while the North region isslightly below goal, as is theSoutheast region. Southwest New Hampshire remains belowgoal.
People say they are not seeingas many moose in the NorthCountry as they used to. Isthis because moose numbersare down?Rines:
Yes, in part. But at pres-ent, moose are at goal in theConnecticut Lakes Region andalso in two of the three units thatmake up the North region. Wehope we’ll be able to maintain
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Setting The Record Straight: The FutureOf Moose In NH Is Uncertain______________
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