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WCU Volume 20, Issue 27 – September 21, 2012

Friday, September 21st, 2012

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Vegetable Crops
Continuing Vegetable Sales in Fall and Winter
Timing Pumpkin Harvest

Agronomic Crops
Agronomic Crop Insects
Harvest Aids for Soybeans
Grain Marketing Highlights

General
Fall Can Be a Good Opportunity for Getting a Jump on Next Year’s Weed Problems
UD Extension Welcomes New Nutrient Management Specialist
USDA NRCS Announces Sign-Up for Three Conservation Programs

Announcements
2012 Delmarva Poultry Conference – September 26
Equine Behavior Educational Series – November 5, 7 & 14
2012 Delaware Ornamentals & Turf Workshop – November 14
Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School – November 13-15
Delaware Ag Week – January 14-18, 2013
2013 Delaware Horticulture Industry Expo and Annual Pesticide Conference – January 23-24
2013 Annie’s Project – January 30-March 6
Regional Women in Ag Conference – February 25-26

Weather

Regional Women in Ag Conference

Friday, September 21st, 2012

February 25-26, 2013 (tentative)

More information will be posted at http://ag.udel.edu/extension/kent/womeninag.htm.

2013 Annie’s Project

Friday, September 21st, 2012

January 30- March 6 (tentative)

More information at http://anniesproject.umd.edu/.

2013 Delaware Horticulture Industry Expo and Annual Pesticide Conference

Friday, September 21st, 2012

January 23-24, 2013
Modern Maturity Center, Dover, DE

More information at http://www.dnlaonline.org/.

Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School

Friday, September 21st, 2012

November 13 – 15, 2012
Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel and Conference Center
Ocean City, Maryland

The complete program and registration brochure is available online at: http://www.grains.cses.vt.edu/articles/Crop%20School%20Brochure%202012%20Final.pdf

You can register online at https://crayola.hcs.udel.edu/conf/registration/crop_management/ or you can register by faxing in the registration form in the brochure to Gail Knapp at 302-831-2998 or by mailing in the form and payment to Conference Services Attn: Gail Knapp, 104 John M. Clayton Hall, Newark, DE 19716.

2012 Delaware Ornamentals & Turf Workshop

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Hockessin Memorial Hall

More information at http://www.dnlaonline.org/.

 

Equine Behavior Educational Series

Friday, September 21st, 2012

November 5, 7 & 14, 2012     6:30-8:30 pm
Paradee Center, Kent Co Extension Office
Dover, DE

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension is excited to offer a three-evening educational series this fall on topics related to equine behavior.

Monday, November 5
“Foundations of Equine Behavior” will cover topics such as anatomy and physiology, the workings of the equine brain, normal or natural equine behavior and learning terminology and how horses learn.

Wednesday, November 7
“Handling Behavior Problems” will cover topics such as stereotypies and dealing with common equine behavior issues. This evening will feature a special guest lecturer, Dr. Sue McDonnell from the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center who is nationally known as a researcher and speaker on equine behaviors.

Wednesday, November 14
“Working Effectively with Equine Behavior” will cover topics such as positive versus negative reinforcement, a review of current training approaches and common equine welfare concerns.

Advanced registration is required. The registration fee is $10 per session or all three for $25. Light refreshments and take home materials will be included as part of the registration fee. You may attend just one or all three of the sessions. For more information please contact Susan Garey at (302)730-4000 or truehart@udel.edu or Dr. Carissa Wickens at cwickens@udel.edu.

USDA NRCS Announces Sign-Up for Three Conservation Programs

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Sign-up before October 19 for FY 2013 financial assistance.

Applications for three extensive conservation programs are being accepted until October 19, 2012 for funding consideration in FY2013. Delaware producers are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) or Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) program, which provide financial and technical assistance to address varying conservation priorities.

Although the first application cut-off date is October 19, producers and forest landowners can apply anytime for EQIP, WHIP or AMA at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office. However, those with applications in before October 19 will have a higher chance of application approval as funding is limited.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) places a priority on water quality, water conservation and promotes forest management practices and energy conservation. It also provides funding for conservation practices that address air quality concerns from agricultural operations using innovative technologies. Last year, Delaware awarded 241 EQIP contracts totaling $5 million.

The Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA) provides payments to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water quality, water management and erosion control by incorporating conservation practices into their farming operations. Conservation practices eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, nutrient management, cover crops, poultry windbreaks, proper manure storage, composters and conservation cover.

The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) offers technical and financial assistance to private landowners to develop and improve high quality habitat that supports wildlife populations of significance. Only privately-owned agricultural land and forest land are eligible for WHIP. Eligible practices for funding consideration include conservation cover, windbreaks, filter strips, riparian forest buffers, wetlands restoration and more.

All interested landowners must have an active conservation plan so that their program applications can be considered when funding is made available. A conservation plan is a voluntary technical tool that helps landowners identify conservation measures that provide the greatest conservation benefits on the land.

Practices under AMA, WHIP, and EQIP are offered through a continuous signup, but NRCS periodically makes funding selections as program dollars allow.

To apply for financial assistance, contact your local USDA Service Center. In Sussex County, call 302-856-3990, ext 3; in Kent County, call 302-741-2600, ext. 3; and in New Castle County, call 302-832-3100, ext. 3. Additional information on NRCS programs and services is available on the Delaware NRCS Web site at www.de.nrcs.usda.gov.

UD Extension Welcomes New Nutrient Management Specialist

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Amy Shober, Extension Nutrient Management and Environmental Quality Specialist; ashober@udel.edu

My name is Amy Shober and I am the new Nutrient Management and Environmental Quality Extension Specialist at UD. I received a B.S. degree in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech, an M.S. in Crop and Soil Science from Penn State University and a Ph.D. from UD in Environmental Soil Management. I recently returned to Delaware after working for six years with the University of Florida. In Florida, I served as State Extension Specialist in urban nutrient, soil, and water management. I am happy to return to Delaware and to be back working with the agricultural community. Through my applied research program and Extension activities, I seek to help producers use nutrients more efficiently to enhance agricultural productivity while reducing the risk of nutrient losses to the environment. I will also be responsible for the Delaware Nutrient Management Certification Program. I am located in on main campus in Newark, but you will likely see me out and about, working with growers and other Extension personnel throughout the state. I look forward to hearing from you about your nutrient management successes and concerns. You can reach me by email at ashober@udel.edu or by phone (302) 831-2146, or if you happen to be in Newark, I welcome you to stop in and see me at 165 Townsend Hall.

Fall Can Be a Good Opportunity for Getting a Jump on Next Year’s Weed Problems

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Specialist; mjv@udel.edu

Fall herbicide treatments have a nice fit for many situations such as small grain weed control, assisting with cover crop management, and reducing the severity of weed infestations for no till corn or soybeans.

Let’s look at each of these situations. Treating small grain fields with a late fall herbicide application has worked well in our trials. As discussed in earlier newsletters there are no herbicides labeled for applications at planting (a preemergence application). As a result we have lots of winter annuals that emerge with or shortly after the crop. Waiting until spring to control these weeds often results in poor control because the weeds are large, and often stressed from the winter weather. On the other hand, an application in the late fall is made while the weeds are relatively small and actively growing. Remember these weeds are winter annual and will continue to grow after a few hard frosts, and the soil temperatures allow for significant growth through the month of November. If there is a lot of spring emergence, then those weeds can be controlled with a herbicide applied in combination with spring nitrogen applications.

Controlling weeds in cover crops that will be used for early-season vegetables can be challenging in some springs (particularly henbit and chickweed). One way around this with a grass cover crop is using a herbicide in the fall to “clean up the cover crop”. Using a broadleaf herbicide such as Harmony Extra or 2,4-D in the fall will control many of the broadleaf weeds and not limit crop rotation in the spring (replant intervals are 1.5 to 3 months). Then when burning down the grass cover crop in the spring, the concern is killing the cover crop, and not worrying about the winter annual broadleaves that can be tough to control that time of year.

Finally, fall treatments for fields that will be planted to no-till corn or soybeans next spring. We have looked at a number of products that could be tankmixed with glyphosate or paraquat with the idea they would provide residual control for spring emerging plants and these fields will not need a burndown herbicide. UD Weed Science Research has not found a consistent herbicide program for this approach. Furthermore, for effective weed control in corn or soybean most fields need a residual herbicide applied prior to or at planting, so a trip across the field for a herbicide application is needed in the spring. Fall herbicide applications of glyphosate or paraquat with 2,4-D are an excellent way to limit the amount of weed biomass in the spring, which in turn allows the soil to warm up faster and possibly conserve moisture. In our experiences, the addition of residual herbicides to the tankmixture of glyphosate, paraquat, and/or 2,4-D has limited utility in most situations.