Growers and those serving in the agricultural industry toured research plots at the Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown as part of Weed Day, an annual agriculture tradition at UD’s experimental station whose goal is to deliver the latest research findings from studies conducted throughout the year on trials involving key agronomic crops, such as corn, soybean, lima beans and watermelon, to evaluate their effectiveness of weed management.
Those attending were welcomed by Mark Isaacs, director of the Carvel Research and Education Center, Mark VanGessel, University of Delaware extension specialist and professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and Barbara Scott and Quintin Johnson, members of VanGessel’s team of weed science researchers.
After the welcome, Weed Day began inside Carvel’s meeting rooms with a brief overview of UD’s trials, what methods or herbicides have shown promising results, and weeds that remains challenging, such as morning glory, speedwell, annual ryegrass, herbicide-resistant pigweed and Palmer-aramanth.
Later in the morning, visitors were chauffeured on haystacks for a firsthand look at several field trials, with VanGessel introducing the tour group to a trial on organic production of corn, soybean and winter wheat.
Keeping local growers up to date on field trials is a very important part of Weed Day, as communication to the industry is a key component in Delaware’s continued agronomic success and is part of Cooperative Extension’s outreach mission.
To read more about Weed Day, visit the Carvel and Research Education Center News Website