Agriculture Impact: Kent County Crop Master’s Series

November 1, 2013 in Impact Stories

Issue:

Agriculture is one of the most important industries, especially in Kent County, Delaware.  Growers, crop consultants, and agricultural industry folks all work together to produce a variety of crops including corn, soybeans, winter wheat, barley, fresh market and processing vegetables.  This group represents the main clientele of the University of Delaware Agricultural Extension in Kent County as they continuously seek to increase their knowledge of sound agriculture production practices.

 Response:

The Kent County Crop Master’s series were held in 2013. A total of four sessions were held at the Paradee Center in Dover, Delaware.  The first session, Delaware Nutrient Management Review , was held January 30, 2013 from 6pm-9pm.  The session included a review of nutrient management practices including Delaware regulations.

The second session, Pest Management in Agronomic Crops, was held on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 6pm-9pm.  In this session, focus was placed on past and current trends regarding insect, disease, and weed pests in grain crops.  This was an opportunity for those in the industry to learn about key pests that may affect their crops in 2013.

The third session, Hay Production in Delaware, was held February 27, 2013 from 6-9pm.  This session focused on forage management for profitable hay production in Delaware.  As the hay supply continues to decline locally, it is important for growers producing hay to make the most of their acres.  Topics included fertility management, making and marketing quality hay, irrigation, and weed control.

The last session, 2013 Crop Insurance Decisions, was held Wednesday, March 6, 2012 from 6-9pm.  Crop insurance continues to be an important risk management tool for growers in Delaware.  This session will provided grain and vegetable growers with information to stay current on the latest in crop insurance.  Topics included an update of crop insurance products including the new trend yield adjustment feature, whether or not to increase coverage levels, recording keeping and what to expect in the future.

Impact:

Each session was evaluated independently.  A simple one page evaluation was handed out at the end of the session.  Most attendees completed the evaluation and indicated they were educational and many would likely use some of the information in their farming operations.   Overall, the sessions met the goal of increasing the knowledge level of clientele.

Credit to: Phillip Sylvester June 2o13