Posts Tagged ‘announcement’

UD Corn Hybrid Trial Tour & Twilight Meeting

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012     4:00-7:30 p.m.
Dickerson Farms
1730 Bayside Drive, Dover, DE

Farmers, Crop Advisers, and all those interested are invited to attend.  The corn hybrid plots will be open for viewing at this irrigated location starting at 4:00 PM. Extension specialists and agents will be on hand to discuss insect pest management in corn, disease identification, weed control, and fall nutrient management.

Dinner will be provided therefore RSVP is required.

Please RSVP by calling (302) 730-4000 or email Phillip Sylvester:

CCA, DE Nutrient Management, and DE Pesticide credits will be available.  Contact Phillip Sylvester, Extension Agriculture Agent, at (302) 730-4000 with any questions.

Upcoming Workshops Aim to Benefit Farmers with Drought-Plagued Fields

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012     8:00 a.m.
Paradee Center
69 Transportation Circle
Dover, DE

Monday, September 17, 2012     7:00 p.m.
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE

Nearly 50% of the nation’s farmers’ crops have suffered losses from extremely dry conditions during the current growing season. Sharply rising prices and crop devastation will affect not just producers themselves, but all channels of the U.S. and global economies. Therefore, it is important Delaware farmers stay informed about risk management and farm safety-net options available to them, in order to keep funds available and cash flow steady.

Two workshops are to be held on September 17, 2012 featuring discussion and instruction on crop insurance, grain marketing, pending ag legislation, and general risk management. Admission is free and each meeting includes complementary risk management related materials and refreshments.

To register for either event please call 302-424-8340 or 877-673-2767 (registration is not required, but ensures availability of materials for all attendants). Setting aside the time to attend may save you time and money in the future.

Delaware NRCS “Meet and Tweet”

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012     11:00a.m. EST
Tune in online by following @DelawareNRCS and using #DENRCS or #askTheStateCon

On Monday, Aug. 13, Delaware NRCS State Conservationist Russell Morgan will host the first “Meet and Tweet” on Twitter. Morgan will be available to answer questions and take comments as Delaware NRCS puts down roots on Twitter. Morgan will sit down to reply-tweet during the live Twitter chat to answer your questions about soil health, the farm bill, drought assistance, and energy saving programs.

Since the 2008 Farm Bill, NRCS has provided $8 million in financial assistance to Delawareans through 255 contracts covering 33,767 acres to improve water quality through the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative (CBWI). Find out more results about the CBWI and other programs and initiatives during the “Meet & Tweet.”

If you are not currently a follower of Delaware NRCS, you can follow us here.

Submit your related questions in advance to the @DelawareNRCS Twitter account using the hashtag #DENRCS or #askTheStateCon. Or join in once the conversation/tweet chat begins.

The “Meet and Tweet” provides an opportunity for all to connect with Delaware NRCS leadership via Twitter. The live Q&A session guarantees an answer to all ag-related questions. Join the discussion and introduction of Delaware NRCS on Twitter.

Delaware Soybean Field Day

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
University of Delaware
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947

Agenda (rain or shine)

Noon – 1 p.m.: Welcoming remarks and sponsored lunch

1 pm – 3 p.m.: Soybean Checkoff Sponsored Plot Tours—Group Splits into Two Groups

Group #1 remains at Carvel REC, Soybean Production Updates and Wagon Tour of Agronomic, Insect, and Weed Plots – UD Extension

Group #2 travels to Warrington Irrigation Research Farm (Harbeson, Del.) by charter bus, Tour of Variable Rate Irrigation and Subsurface Irrigation Plots—UD Extension

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Soybean Checkoff Sponsored Plot Tours—Groups Switch Places

Group #1 travels to Warrington Irrigation Research Farm

Group #2 remains at Carvel REC

6 p.m.: Social & Fundraiser including a silent auction for “Save Farm Families” coordinated by the Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association. Join us for specials on food and beverages at The Brick Hotel, 18 The Circle, Georgetown, Del.

Pesticide, Nutrient Management, and CCA continuing education credits will be available.

This event is FREE, but please register by August 15 to help us prepare for meals.

To register contact Karen Adams at (302) 856-2585 ext. 540 or by email at You can also register by eFax at (302) 264-8638 or online at:

Cooperative Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Cooperative Extension Office. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.

UD Extension Tour and Discussion Improving Soil Health / Cover Crops for Agronomic and Commercial Vegetables

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012   4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Hwy
Georgetown, DE 19947

Come see and hear about many of the UD Extension’s field research projects for Agronomic and Commercial vegetables which involve soil health or cover crop components.

A variety of projects will be presented including:

● Reduced tillage/no-till for limas

● Evaluation of biofumigant and winter kill cover crops

● Pumpkins produced with rye cover crop – influence of rye on weed control and fruit quality

● Use of cover crop and reduced tillage in a rotational system for commercial vegetable production – strategies for fitting cover crops into different systems

● Soybean production with rye cover crops – advantages and challenges

● Also discussion of on-going projects with bee pollination and irrigation

Dinner will be served.  There is no charge for this field day.

After dinner we will have a conversation on our current and future research efforts and would like feedback on future educational programs

Please pre-register by contacting Karen Adams at 302-856-2585 ext. 540 or  Register by September 11.

CCA: S/W 1; NM 0.5; CM 0.5; IPM 0.5
DE Nutrient Management: 1.0
DE Pesticide Credits: 1 PA; 1 Agric. Plant; 1 Demo/Research

2012 Mid-Atlantic Precision Ag Equipment Day

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Wednesday, August 8     9:00 a.m – 3:15 p.m.
Caroline County 4-H Park
8230 Detour Road, Denton, MD  21629

Practical and informative advice will be given on precision seeding, economics and practical implementation of planter section control, modifying equipment for variable rate application, variable rate irrigation, and much more. Come learn from some of the top, nationally recognized speakers in agriculture equipment and machinery engineering.

Precision Seeding Systems
Dr. Randy Taylor, Oklahoma State University

Variable Rate Fertilizer Application Equipment
Dr. Joe Luck, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Increasing Farm Profits using Planter Automatic Section Control
Dr. Mike Buschermohle and Lori Gibson, University of Tennessee

Variable Rate Irrigation
Wesley Porter, Oklahoma State University

Additional schedule and registration information is online at

Extension Vegetable & Fruit Program Open House

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Tuesday, August 21     4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Hwy
Georgetown, DE 19947

Come see and hear about many of the UD Extension Vegetable and Fruit Program’s field research projects from the 2012 season.

Watermelons: pollination, potassium fertilization, stress mitigation, variety trial and more…

Onions: overwintering and spring transplanted onion production

Lima Beans: tillage practices, re-growth production, breeding for stress tolerance and disease resistance

Fruit: fall strawberry and blackberry production

Lettuce: spring variety trial results and tour of fall varieties

Sweet Corn: fresh market variety trial results, processing corn population and tillage practice studies

Dinner featuring local produce will be served.

Please pre-register by contacting Karen Adams at 302-856-2585 ext. 540 or

2012 Summer Turf & Nursery Expo

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Thursday, August 16     8:15 a.m.-3:35 p.m.
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Hwy
Georgetown, DE 19947

Talk & Workshop Topics

  • · Transportation Regulations, Laws & Safety
  • · Pest & Beneficial Insect Walk
  • · Soil Health
  • · Intermediate Wall, Paver (Raised Patio) Construction
  • · Business Planning
  • · Safe Tree Removal
  • · Proper Pruning Techniques
  • · CNP Plant ID Challenge & Their Potential Pests

Pesticide and Nutrient Management credits awarded for some talks/workshops.  More information and registration form available online:

Agronomic Crops Field Meeting

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012     5:30 p.m.
UD Cooperative Extension Demonstration Site
Marl Pit Rd. (approx 1 mile east of Rt. 301/71)
Middletown, DE

Program includes agronomic crop updates and results of small grain variety trials conducted by Bob Uniatowski.

Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting. Please bring a lawn chair.

1st Annual Eastern Shore Potato Field Workshop

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012     4:00 – 7:00 pm
Delmar, MD

Participants will learn about new varieties, agronomic practices for optimizing yield and quality, Colorado potato beetle and other potato insects and disease management for potato production in Maryland and the Delmarva Peninsula.

Come, see and feel new potato genotypes of table stock and processing tubers in varying colors of purple, red, and yellow.

Anyone who is growing potatoes or interested to grow potatoes should attend this meeting.

4:00 – 4:15 Registration

4:15 – 4:50 Colorado potato beetle management; pesticide efficiency trials results –  Dr. Galen Dively, Emeritus IPM Specialist, University of Maryland

4:50 – 5:00 Farm to Food Bank –  Amy Cawley

5:00 – 5:30 Agronomy of new potato lines and variety development program trial results – Sudeep Mathew, Agent, University of Maryland Extension

5:30- 6:15: Irrigation scheduling for managing crop water requirements – James Adkins, University of Delaware

6:15 – 6:45 Update on potato late blight and fungicide spray programs – Dr. Kate Everts, Vegetable Pathologist, University of Maryland

6:45 – 7:00 Evaluations, Q & A, tour plots and dinner

Attendees will earn Maryland, Delaware &Virginia pesticide re-certification credits.

Delmar, MD(approx. 1/4 mile past Mardela High School)

Traveling Eastbound on Rt. 50 towards Delmar, MD, turn left onto Barren Creek Road, follow Barren Creek until you get to the stop sign. Turn left at stop sign and the farm will be the first farm lane on the right.

MD: Traveling Westbound on Rt. 50 towards Delmar, MD, turn right onto Barren Creek Road, follow Barren Creek until you get to the stop sign. Turn left at stop sign and the farm will be the first farm lane on the right.

DE: Traveling south on Rt. 13, turn right onto Rd 419/MD-DE Line Road/E State St. Continue on E. State St., then bear right onto Delmar Road. Follow Delmar Road until you pass Barren Creek Road on the left. Farm will be first farm lane on the right.

GPS coordinates: 38.465149,-75.735326

This event is free and open to the public. Register by July 6th. Contact Rhonda Barnhart at 410-228-8800 or for registration, or questions about details and directions.

“It is the policy of the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, gender, disability, religion, age or national origin.”

If you have a disability that requires special assistance for your participation in this program please contact the University of Maryland Extension Office at (410) 288-8800 prior to July 5, 2012.