Delaware Ag Week Programs for Equine Owners

Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Delaware Agriculture Week, January 12-16, 2015.  This is an excellent educational opportunity for Delaware agriculture stakeholders to learn best practices and new technologies, meet vendors and network with other agricultural producers.  This year’s event will once again be located at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.  Delaware Agriculture Week provides numerous sessions that cover a wide array of topics including small fruits, fresh market & processing vegetables, small flock & commercial poultry, grain marketing, grain crops, hay & pasture, beef cattle, irrigation, direct marketing, and much more.  Nutrient management, pesticide, and certified crop adviser continuing education credits will be offered.

Delaware Ag Week is sponsored by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State University Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

Sessions of particular interest to horse owners are on January 13, 2015 and include the Delmarva Hay and Pasture Conference and the Equine Pasture Management Session.  The program schedule is:

Delmarva Hay & Pasture Conference, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Commodities Building

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. “Welcome, Housekeeping Details and Evaluations” Dr. Richard Taylor, Extension Agronomy Specialist, University of Delaware

9:15 a.m. -10:15 a.m.Managing Forage Quality with Fluctuating Weather” Dr. Sid Bosworth, Extension Agronomist, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

10:15- a.m. – 11:00 a.m. “Improving Hay and Pasture Quality Through New Developments in AlfalfaDick Kaufman, Regional Manager, W-L Research, Columbia, PA

11:00-a.m- 11:30 am. “Weather Patterns that Influence Hay Making” Kevin Brinson, Associate State Climatologist and Director Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS), University of Delaware

 11:30 a.m.           LUNCH IN DOVER Building

 DE Pesticide Certification Credits: 0 MD Pesticide Credits 1 DE NM Credits 1.25 MD NM Credits 1 CCA Credits: 2

1:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m.Greetings From the National Maryland-Delaware Forage Council” Dr. Les Vough, President, Maryland-Delaware Forage Council

1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. “Improving Farm Viability Through Advanced Forage Crop Selection and Management” Dr. Sid Bosworth, Extension Agronomist, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. “When and How to Fertilize Your Pastures to Maintain Stands and Increase Productivity” Dr. Les Vough, Forage Agronomist, Southern Maryland, Resource Conservation and Development, Inc.

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Nutrient Needs and Common Deficiencies of Forage Crops” Dr. Richard Taylor, Extension Agronomy Specialist, University of Delaware

DE/MD Pesticide Certification Credits: 0 DE NM Credits 2.25 MD NM Credits: 2 CCA Credits: NM: 1.5 CM: 0.5

 

Equine Pasture Management, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Exhibit Hall

 6:00 p.m. “When and How to Fertilize Your Pastures to Maintain Stands and Productivity” Dr. Les Vough, Forage Agronomist, Southern Maryland RC & D

6:50 p.m. “Delaware State Police Mounted Unit” Cpl. Alison M Meadows, Delaware State Police

7:00 p.m. “Equine Manure Management: Your Options Part 1” Dot Abbott, Renewable Resources Extension Agent, University of Delaware and Lauren Torres, Environmental Scientist, Delaware Department of Agriculture

7:20 p.m. Break

7:30 p.m. “Equine Manure Management: Your Options Part 2” Presenters: Dot Abbott, Renewable Resources Extension Agent, University of Delaware and Lauren Torres, Environmental Scientist, Delaware Department of Agriculture

8:00 p.m. “Maintaining Pasture Stands for Improved Nutrition through Rotational Grazing” Laura Kenny, Program Associate, Rutgers University

9:00 p.m. Adjourn

DE NM Credits 2.75 MD NM Credits 3 CCA Credits NM 2.5

For more information on other programs occurring during Delaware Ag Week, please visit our Ag Week website: http://sites.udel.edu/delawareagweek/

2014 Delaware Agriculture Week Offers Nutrient Management Credits for Equine Owners

Ag week imageDelaware Agriculture Week will be held January 13-17, 2014 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.  This educational event represents a collaborative effort between University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State University Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.  Ag Week is made possible through the support of many sponsors and exhibitors.

Educational sessions will be held during the day and in the evenings covering a broad range of agriculturally related topics from agronomy to irrigation and forestry to vegetables.  Specific animal species such as beef cattle, horses, poultry(small flock and commercial broiler productrion) and small ruminants have dedicated sessions as well.  Ag Week exhibitors will be on hand to visit with attendees throughout the week in the Dover building.  Many sessions offer continuing education credits for nutrient management, pesticide or the Certified Crop Advisor program.

New this year will be a demonstration on the hazards of flowing grain, a session covering important information for farm families related to the Affordable Care Act and a special evening with Mr. King Corn: Dr. R. (Bob) Nielsen of Purdue University.

Of particular interest to equine owners is the Hay and Pasture Conference as well as the Equine Pasture session, both on Tuesday, January 14th.  Those schedules are as follows:

Delmarva Hay & Pasture Conference

Tuesday, January 14, 2014~ 9:00 am-3:15 pm

Commodities Building

9:00 a.m. -10:15 a.m.Efficient Pasture Systems Design: Making Tough Ground Work for You”  Don Wild, Wild Acres Family    Farm, Great Valley New York and Retired NRCS Grazing Specialist for Western New York,

10:15 a.m.        BREAK

10:30- a.m.- 11:45 a.m. “Landscape, Animal, Plant and Operational Challenges in Grazing Systems”  Rob DeClue, District Planner, Chenango County Soil and Water Conservation District, Norwich, New York,

DE/MD Pesticide Certification Credits: 0 DE/MD Nutrient Management Credits: 2 CCA Credits: NM: 0.5, CM: 2

11:45 a.m.          LUNCH Sponsored by the Delaware Beef Advisory Board

1:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m.Greetings From the National Maryland-Delaware Forage Council”  Dr. Les Vough, President, Maryland-Delaware Forage Council

1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. “Proper Baler Setup and Maintenance and Economics of Small Versus Large Bales”  Dr. James Glancey, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware

1:45 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. “Cleaning Up Weeds in Grass Hay Fields and an Update on Herbicides for Hay and Pasture Use in the Mid-Atlantic Region”  Dr. Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Specialist, University of Delaware                          

2:30 p.m.- 2:45 p.m. “Nutrient Management Regulatory Update for Hay and Pasture Producers”  W. Larry Towle, Program Administrator, Delaware Nutrient Management Program

2:45 p.m.- 3:15 p.m. “How Valuable is Straw Versus Hay from a Nutrient Viewpoint?”  Dr. Richard Taylor, Extension Agronomy Specialist, University of Delaware

DE/MD Pesticide Certification Credits: 1 DE/MD Nutrient Management Credits: 1 CCA Credits: NM: 0.5, PM: 0.5, CM: 0.5 

Equine Pasture Program

Tuesday, January 14, 2014~ 6:00pm-9:00 pm

Dover Building

6:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. “Why Soil Fertility is Important for Pastures” Dr. Amy Shober, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Nutrient Management and Environmental Quality, University of Delaware

6:30 p.m.- 6:50 p.m. “Cost Share Opportunities for Pastures”  Marianne Hardesty, Natural Resource Conservation Service

6:50 p.m.               BREAK

7:00 p.m.- 7:40 p.m. “Hands-On Weed Identification”  Dr. Richard Taylor, Extension Agronomy Specialist, University of Delaware

7:40 p.m.- 8:05 p.m.   “Weed Control Strategies for Equine PasturesQuintin Johnson, Extension Agent, Weed Science, University of Delaware

8:05 p.m.8:45 p.m.   “The Big, The Small and the Somewhere in Between: Rotational Grazing”  Michael Calkins, Maryland Department of Agriculture

DE Pesticide Certification Credits: 1   DE Nutrient Management CreditsCCA Credits: NM 0.5, CM 1, PM 1

MD Pesticide Certification Credits: 2  MD Nutrient Management Credits  2

For more information on additional Delaware Agriculture Week programs, the week-long schedule and continuing education credits available for each session, please visit the Delaware Ag Week website http://sites.udel.edu/delawareagweek/