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WCU Volume 18, Issue 27 – September 17, 2010

Friday, September 17th, 2010

PDF Version of WCU 18:27 – September 17, 2010

In this issue:

Last Issue of WCU for 2010

Vegetable Crop Insects
Vegetable Disease Updates
Crop Rotation Planning and Revision
Change in Pre-Harvest Interval for Dual Herbicide in Spinach, Reminder on Waiver
Fall Plasticulture Strawberry Planting and Management
Various End-of Year Items: Less Stress on Vegetables Now, Root Zone Temperature and Tomato Fruit Ripening Problems

Agronomic Crops
Agronomic Crop Insects
Agronomic Crop Disease Updates
Grain Marketing Highlights

Pole Lima Bean Open House – September 21
Wye Pumpkin and Sweet Corn Twilight Meeting – September 21
Field Day for Weed Control in Sustainable or Organic Vegetables – September 30
Managing Price Risk on Stored Grain Webinar – October 12
Southeast Strawberry Expo – November 8-10
Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School – November 16-18
Delaware Agriculture Week – January 17-22
Regional Women in Ag Conference – January 25-26, 2011
Delaware Hort Industry Expo & Pesticide Conference – January 26-27


This is the Last Issue of WCU for 2010

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Emmalea Ernest, Extension Associate – Vegetable Crops;

 This is the last issue of Weekly Crop Update for the 2010 season. I hope that this newsletter has been a useful resource to you as you dealt with the challenges of this past growing season. My thanks to the Extension specialists and agents who have contributed articles this year — the WCU would not be possible without them, and to our office staff at the REC, who make sure the WCU gets to our fax and mail subscribers.

 As editor of WCU, I appreciate your comments and suggestions for improvement of this publication. You can contact me at the email address above or at (302) 856-7303.

 Best wishes for a safe and prosperous fall harvest season. I look forward to seeing many of you at meetings this winter.

 Kind regards,


Delaware Horticulture Industry Expo & Annual Pesticide Conference

Friday, September 17th, 2010

January 26 & Jan 27, 2011
Modern Maturity Center
Dover, DE

For more information go to the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association website:

Upcoming Grain Marketing Educational Opportunities

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Grain Marketing Strategies Conference for Delaware/Eastern Shore Farmers
See DE Ag Week program for date and details.

Options on Agricultural Futures Workshop for DE/Eastern Shore Farmers
Details to be announced.

Grain Marketing Workshop: Including Hedging Futures; Crop Insurance; and Cash Market Alternatives
Details to be announced.

Managing Price Risk on Stored Grain Webinar

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010      2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT)

This webinar is free but registration is required.

For information about registration, visit
Sponsored by: University of Delaware and Farm Journal Media

Delaware Agriculture Week 2011

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Monday, January 17 – Saturday, January 22, 2011

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State University Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Department of Agriculture are again cooperating to organize a week of agricultural-related events.

The following General Agenda outlines the various meetings and events that are planned and their approximate times. Most will take place at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. The associated trade show will take place in the Dover Building from Tuesday, January 18th to Thursday, January 20st.

The detailed session agendas will be available online at the end of November and the completed program will be mailed out in December. Delaware and Maryland Pesticide Recertification credits, Nutrient Management credits and CCA credits will be offered.

Check the website for updates:

Ag Week General Agenda

Monday, January 17
Fruit & Vegetable Growers Assn. of Delaware Evening Session
State Fairgrounds – 6 to 9 PM

Hay and Pasture Evening Session
State Fairgrounds – 6 to 9 PM

Tuesday, January 18
Fruit & Vegetable Growers Assn. of Delaware Annual Meeting
State Fairgrounds
General Session – 9 AM  to Noon
Fresh Market/Vine Crops – 1:30  to 4:30 PM

Fruit & Vegetable Growers Assn. Banquet
Harrington Fire Hall – 6 PM

Hay and Pasture Day-Time Sessions
State Fairgrounds – 9 AM to 4:30 PM

Equine Pasture & Nutrient Management Session
State Fairgrounds – 6 to 9 PM

Small Ruminant Session
State Fairgrounds – 6 to 9 PM

Wednesday, January 19
Fruit & Vegetable Growers Assn. of Delaware Annual Meeting
State Fairgrounds
Processing Crops Session – 9 AM to 4PM
Direct Marketing Session – 9 AM to Noon

Aquaculture & Business Planning Session
State Fairgrounds – 1 PM to 4 PM

Poultry Nutrient Management
Carvel REC, Georgetown – 9 AM to Noon

Poultry Nutrient Management
State Fairgrounds – 6 to 9 PM

Small Flock Poultry
State Fairgrounds – 6 to 9 PM

Beef Cattle Producers Session
State Fairgrounds – 6 to 9 PM

Thursday, January 20
Agronomy/Soybean Session
State Fairgrounds – 9 AM to Noon

Secretaries of Agriculture Roundtable
State Fairgrounds – 1 PM to 2:30 PM

Grain Marketing Strategies Conference
State Fairgrounds – 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Friday, January 21
Friends of Ag Breakfast
Harrington Fire Hall – 7 AM to 9:30 AM

Irrigation Management Sessions
Harrington Fire Hall – 10 AM to 2:30 PM

Saturday, January 22
Delaware Organic Growers Association
Paradee Center, Dover – 9 AM to 4 PM

Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School

Friday, September 17th, 2010

November 16 – 18, 2010
Princess Royale Hotel and Conference Center
Ocean City, MD

About the School
The Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School offers a 2 ½ day format with a variety of breakout sessions. Individuals needing training in soil and water, nutrient management, crop management and pest management can create their own schedule by choosing from 5 program options offered each hour. Emphasis is placed on new and advanced information with group discussion and interaction encouraged.

Who Should Attend
This school is designed for anyone interested in crop management issues, including:
● agronomists
● crop consultants
● extension educators
● farmers and farm managers
● pesticide dealers, distributors, and applicators
● seed and agrichemical company representatives
● soil conservationists
● state department of agriculture personnel

The early registration deadline is October 24, 2010. Go to for session schedules and registration information.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Bob Kratochvil at (301) 405-6241 or

Wye Pumpkin and Sweet Corn Twilight Meeting

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010     4:30-7:00 p.m.
Wye Research and Education Center
Queenstown, MD

Please join us for the 2010 Pumpkin and Sweet Corn Twilight Meeting.

This year there will be 20 pumpkin varieties, Bt sweet corn variety trials, and a presentation and sampling of Aronia products. Our speakers will be University of Maryland experts Jerry Brust, Kate Everts, Galen Dively, Andrew Ristvey, Mike Newell, and Sudeep Mathew.

A light dinner will be available and although there is no cost for this program, please register by September 17 with Debby Dant at 410-827-8056 X115, or

If special assistance is needed to attend this program, contact Ms. Dant by September 14.

University of Maryland programs are equal opportunity.

Grain Marketing Highlights – September 17, 2010

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Carl German, Extension Crops Marketing Specialist;

Introducing The 21st Century Grain Marketing Primer
The primer is an online interactive self-help guide designed for farmers to use to learn more about grain marketing and crop insurance alternatives. The interactive Units cover the following topics: Market Planning; Basis; Cash Market Alternatives; Hedging in Futures; Options on Agricultural Futures; the new Crop Insurance Alternatives; Profitability – How to Market Better Using Crop Insurance, Options, and Making Grain Sales; plus Online Resources. You are invited to use The Farmer’s Grain Marketing Primer at The primer was made possible by funding provided by USDA-RMA, the Delaware Department of Agriculture, and the University of Delaware.

Grain Marketing Discussion Group
Carl L. German, List Owner

The Grain Marketing Discussion Group is an electronic grain marketing club that provides grain and oilseed producers, merchandisers, traders, analysts, industry representatives, educators, and other interested parties a timely forum for addressing grain-marketing issues. Participants in the discussion group can enter or receive information on any and all aspects of grain marketing, marketing alternatives, and marketing strategies. Participants receive a weekly grain market analysis/update. To subscribe to the grain marketing discussion group send a message to with the only message in the text that reads: subscribe This discussion group operates as a closed group, meaning the integrity of the site is maintained by listings to the group having to be approved by the list owner.

See the Announcements section for upcoming grain marketing educational opportunities.

Agronomic Crop Disease Updates – September 17, 2010

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Bob Mulrooney, Extension Plant Pathologist;

Corn harvest is underway so be sure to check corn fields for lodging potential by squeezing the lower nodes or pushing on the stalks. A simple way to do this is to walk through the field and, keeping your hands at chest height, push stalks 8-10 inches from vertical. If 10-15% of the stalks lodge, schedule the field for early harvest before a strong wind results in severe lodging. Drought conditions during grain fill put substantial stress on corn plants. In many fields, it is likely that the corn crop responded by cannibalizing stalk reserves to fill the grain. This results in a weakened stalk and greater susceptibility to stalk rot.

Small Grain
Be sure that you plant wheat varieties with high levels of disease resistance. Select varieties with high levels of resistance to powdery mildew, leaf rust and stripe rust. Seed should be treated with Baytan, Raxil, Dividend or other labeled product to protect plants from loose smut and common bunt. Varieties that are susceptible to powdery mildew should be treated with Baytan, Dividend or other seed treatment that will protect them from early infection.

Do not ignore soybean cyst nematode. Soil sampling after harvest before any fall tillage is recommended for fields to be planted next season to soybeans following this year’s crop. Do not plant SCN susceptible varieties without soil testing first. Soil sample bags are available from the county Extension offices for $10/ sample bag.

Soybean Rust Update
Nothing new has developed north of the North Carolina find on August 30. Florida had its first soybean rust detection on soybeans on September 14. Needless to say, soybean rust is not going to be an issue in most of the US this season.