Nematode Assay Changes Effective September 1, 2014

August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Please visit the UD Field Crops Disease Management blog to read about important changes to the UD Nematode Assay Service: http://extension.udel.edu/fieldcropdisease/2014/08/16/nematode-assay-changes-effective-as-of-september-1-2014/

2014 Small Grain Variety Trial Results Now Available

August 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

The University of Delaware’s 2014 Small Grain Variety Trial reports are now online: http://extension.udel.edu/ag/field-crop-resources/variety-trials-corn-hybrids-small-grains-soybeans/

Upcoming Event: Field Day: Diagnosing Soybean Production Issues

August 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
University of Delaware
Research and Education Center (old office building)
16686 County Seat Hwy
Georgetown, DE

The United Soybean Board and Delaware Soybean Board are teaming up with the University of Delaware to sponsor the Soybean Diagnostic Day. The boards administer the soybean checkoff, which collects one half of one percent of the net market value of soybeans when they are sold at the first point of sale. The checkoff supports soybean research, marketing and education. Diagnostic Day is supported by USB’s Technology Transfer program.

Diagnostic Day is designed to help growers feel more comfortable diagnosing soybean production problems. The event will last about two hours and will consist of in-field, hands-on training to detect and identify pests and diseases of soybeans, and will end with a dinner courtesy of the soybean checkoff.

Pesticide and CCA recertification credits have been requested.

There is no cost to attend but please RSVP by August 5 to Karen Adams at (302) 856-7303 ext 540 or adams@udel.edu.

Upcoming Event: University of Delaware Irrigation Field Day

August 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

University of Delaware Irrigation Field Day

The University of Delaware College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Delaware Cooperative Extension will hold an Irrigation Field Day on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Warrington Irrigation Research Farm located on the corners of Route 5 and DE 290 Cool Spring Road/Hurdle Ditch Road, just 4 miles south of Harbeson, Del. (Signs will be posted.)

The program invites farmers, industry professionals and the general public to tour UD’s Warrington Irrigation Research Farm. UD personnel will be sharing their latest irrigation research findings

  • Irrigated Corn, Wheat, Full Season and Double Crop  Soybean Irrigation Research Plots
  • Experiences with Subsurface Drip Irrigation for Agronomic Crops (SDI)
  • Soil Moisture Monitoring as a Tool to Refine Irrigation Management
  • Variable Rate Center Pivot Irrigation (VRI)

For more information contact Karen Adams at 302-856-2585 ext.  540

Research Sponsored by DNREC, Delaware Soybean Board, MD Grain Producers, NRCS and Vincent Farms

The 2014 Delaware Wheat Variety Trial Disease Ratings Now Available

June 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

The 2014 Delaware Wheat Variety Trial Disease Ratings have been posted to the UD Field Crops Disease Management Blog by Nathan Kleczewski, Extension Plant Pathologist: https://extension.udel.edu/ag/files/2012/10/Wheat-Variety-Trial-Writeup-2014.pdf

Small Grains Twilight Meeting-New Castle County

May 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: UD Cooperative Extension Research Demonstration Area: 3/4 mile east of Armstrong Corner on Marl Pit Road-Road 429, Middletown DE
Registration: Please call (302) 831-2506 or e-mail sharonlu@udel.edu to register, for additional information, or if you require special needs assistance.
Bring: A tailgate or a lawn chair.
Credits: DE Nutrient Management and Pesticide credits will be offered.

Join your fellow producers and the UD Extension team for a discussion of this year’s demonstration trials and current production issues. Other topics will include nutrient management, pest management and weed management. We will wrap up with the traditional ice cream treat.

The meeting is free and everyone interested in attending is welcome. If you have special needs in accessing this program, please call the office two weeks in advance.

Dan Severson, Extension Agent – Agriculture, New Castle County Cooperative Extension

Upcoming Spring Pasture Walk-Kent County

May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Spring Pasture Walk

May 28th 6:30 -8:30 pm

Location: 3427 Burnite Mill Rd., Harrington, DE 19952

Welcome and Introductions: Extension Staff, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Current Pasture/Grazing Management: Rick and Kim Vincent, Farm Owners

Pasture Plant Species ID: Dr. Richard Taylor, Extension Agronomist Specialist

Soil Fertility and Pasture Health: Dr. Richard Taylor, Extension Agronomy Specialist

Weed ID and Weed Control in Pastures: Quintin Johnson, Weed Science Extension Agent, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Soil Sampling Techniques, Sample Submission, Testing Options: Bill Rohrer, Owner and Manager, Agrolab

Susan Garey, Extension Livestock Agent, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Upcoming Pasture Walk in New Castle County

May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Summer Pasture Walk

What: UD Pasture Walk

When: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Where: University of Delaware, Webb Farm

508 S. Chapel St., Newark, DE

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Credits: DE Nutrient Management and Pesticide credits will be offered.

Come and learn about pasture management and renovation practices used on the University of Delaware’s Webb Farm. Hear about soil sampling techniques and how to properly submit your soil sample. Get help with plant and weed identification and weed control advice. Particulars on Bermudgrass establishment, management and soil fertility will also be covered. Natural Resource Conservation Service will also share information on relevant cost share programs. Experts will be on hand to answer specific questions.

The meeting is free and everyone interested in attending is welcome. If you have special needs in accessing this program, please call the office two weeks in advance.

To register or request more information, please call our office at (302)831-2507.

Thank you and see you there.

Dan Severson, Susan Garey, Dr. Richard Taylor

Welcome and Introductions : Dan Severson, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Tour of Pastures and Pasture Management, Pasture renovation techniques at Webb Farm: Larry Armstrong, University of Delaware Webb Farm Manager

Soil Fertility, Plant ID, Bermudagrass establishment: Dr. Richard Taylor, University of Delaware Extension Agronomy Specialist

Weed ID and Weed Control in Pastures: Quintin Johnson, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Soil Sampling techniques and How to properly submit your sample: Karen Gartley, University of Delaware Plant and Soil Science Research Manager

Overview of NRCS Programs :Marianne Hardesty, New Castle County NRCS District Conservationist

Mark your Calendar and call (302) 831-2507 to register by Friday, May 30th.

Fusarium Head Blight Update

May 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

A Fusarium Head Blight update has been posted by Nathan Kleczewski, Extension Plant Pathologist, UD on the Field Crops Disease Management blog. It’s important stay informed as wheat transitions into flowering. The update can be found here: http://extension.udel.edu/fieldcropdisease/2014/05/14/head-blight-updates/

If you would like to learn more  about  Fusarium Head Blight of wheat, please read this factsheet which was recently published by Nathan: http://extension.udel.edu/factsheet/fusarium-head-blight-management-in-wheat/

Visit the Fusarium Head Blight Prediction Center for the latest commentary:  http://www.wheatscab.psu.edu/

 

2014 Small Grains Fungicide Efficacy Table

April 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Dr. Nathan Kleczewski, Extension Plant Pathologist with the University of Delaware, recently posted the 2014 Small Grains Fungicide Efficacy Table on the Field Crops Disease Management Blog blog at: http://extension.udel.edu/fieldcropdisease/2014/04/16/2014-small-grains-fungicide-efficacy-table/

This type of information is valuable for growers, crop consultants, and those making recommendations as we move into the growing season.