Summer Soybean Tour for Delaware Soybean Farmers

August 9, 2012 under Cooperative Extension

Delaware soybean farmers and farm managers can get the latest soybean production updates by attending Delaware’s Soybean Field Day on August 22. The event will highlight research at two University of Delaware farms.

The Delaware Soybean Board, national soy checkoff and the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension invite soybean farmers in Delaware to attend this free event. The tour starts at noon with a complimentary lunch at the University of Delaware’s Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center (REC).

Lunch includes welcoming remarks from Kevin Evans, Chairman, Delaware Soybean Board; Ed Kee, Delaware Department of Agriculture Secretary; Mark Isaacs, Ph.D., Director of Carvel REC and Michelle Rodgers, Ph.D., Associate Dean, University of Delaware Extension.

Immediately following lunch, participants will split into two groups. One group will remain at Carvel REC while the other tours the Warrington Irrigation Research Farm. The groups will rotate at 3:30 p.m., allowing participants to experience each farm. Highlights of the tours will include new irrigated soybean research, as well as new information on insects, weeds and diseases. Certified Crop Advisor credits will be available.

“This will be a great opportunity for farmers to interact with soybean researchers and others involved in Delaware soybean production,” said Cory Whaley, agriculture extension agent at Carvel REC. “We hope to have a great day of education and fellowship.”

To view a complete agenda, visit  Register by August 15, through Carvel REC by contacting Karen Adams at (302) 856-2585 or by email at, or through the Delaware Soybean Board by eFax at (302) 264-8638 or at

The 69 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.

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UD researchers share weed science, crop trial info at annual Weed Day in Georgetown

June 27, 2011 under CANR News

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