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.

2014 Machinery Custom Rates

April 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

I often receive questions regarding custom farming rates. This information is obtained by surveying farmers and calculating the average price per acre, hour, bushel,etc… Custom farming rates are not collected in Delaware, but nearby states do offer this information. Pennsylvania’s 2014 Machinery Custom Rates have been released and can be found here: www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Pennsylvania/Publications/Machinery_Custom_Rates/CustomRates%202014.pdf

It should be used as a guide and it’s likely that local prices vary. Maryland also publishes rates and information from 2013 can be found here: https://extension.umd.edu/grainmarketing/custom-rates-0



Upcoming Meeting: UD What’s NEWcastle Meeting

March 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

UD What’s NEWcastle Meeting
Date:  Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time:  1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location:  Blackbird Community Center, 120 Blackbird Forest Road, Townsend, DE
Registration:  Please call Sharon Lucabaugh at (302) 831-2507
Credits:   DE Nutrient Management (1), DE Pesticide (3), and CCA (2.5)

Join local experts at the Blackbird Community Center to discuss What’s New in New Castle County.  Topics will include emerging pathogens, IPM update, weed problems in northern Delaware, timing of Nitrogen for maximum yields, and impact of straw removal on cropping systems.  Light refreshments will be served.

1:00-1:15 pm:  Introduction of the New Castle County Ag Agent.  Dan Severson
1:15-1:45 pm:  Emerging Pathogens in Delaware.  Nathan Kleczewski, Extension Plant Pathology Specialist.
1:45-2:15 pm:  Insect Management Update in Field Crops.  Joanne Whalen, Extension IPM Specialist.
2:15-2:45 pm:  Weed Problems for Northern Delaware and What We Can Do About It.  Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Specialist.
2:45-3:15 pm:  Timing of Nitrogen Application for Maximum Yields.  Why is Sulfur Important?  Amy Shober, Extension Nutrient Management Specialist.
3:15-3:45 pm:  Impact of Straw Removal on Cropping Systems with Small Grains and Depletion of Soil K during Rapid Corn Growth.  Richard Taylor, Extension Agronomy Specialist.
3:45-4:00 pm: Questions and Evaluations

Dan Severson, Extension Agriculture Agent, University of Delaware, New Castle County



2014 Weed Management Guides for Delaware

March 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

The 2014 Corn and Soybean Weed Management Guides for Delaware are now available online and can be found here: http://extension.udel.edu/ag/weed-science/weed-management-guides/

Weed Science Training: Building on the Basics

February 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Weed Science Training: building on the basics

Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Specialist, University of Delaware

March 12, 2014—Kent County Extension Office, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE
March 14, 2014—University of Delaware Research & Education Center, Georgetown, DE

Class starts promptly at 8:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm.
Lunch is provided and resources will be available.
There is no fee for this training.
Please pre-register by Friday, March 7 with Karen Adams at 302/856-2585 ext. 540.

Objective:  Train professionals in the Ag industry and those who work on weeds frequently.  Topics to include weed management concepts and principles.

Training will focus on weeds and issues with agronomic crops and commercial vegetables.

Topics to be covered include:

Weed Biology and Identification
Integrated Management: it’s not just about herbicides
Herbicides in the Plant: what’s going on in there
Herbicide Resistant Weeds and Crops: we like one but not the other
Herbicides and Soils
Developing Weed Management Programs

Sponsored by: Northeastern SARE

More information can be found at:  http://extension.udel.edu/ag/weed-science/

CCA credits of 0.5 CEU for Soil & Water and 3.5 CEU for Pest Management; DE and MD Pesticide credits have been requested.

Agronomic Crops Pest Management Update-Kent County Crop Masters-Session III

February 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Topic: Agronomic Crops Pest Management Update
Date: February 26, 2014
Time: 6-9 pm
Location: Paradee Center, Dover, DE
Credits: DE Pesticide (3) and CCA (3 PM)

This session will focus on emerging pests in grain crops.  Emphasis will be placed on weed, insect, and diseases pests in Delaware. Topics include pest identification, lifecycles, thresholds, troublesome weeds, emerging insect and disease pests, and pesticide updates. Experts will be on hand to take questions and discuss management concerns.  Don’t miss this opportunity to come learn about key pests that may affect your crops during the 2014 growing season. Light Refreshments will be served

  • 6:00-7:00pm-Emerging and Reemerging Insect Pests.  Joanne Whalen, Extension IPM Specialist, UD.
  • 7:00-8:00pm- Troublesome Weeds in Delaware and How to Control Them.  Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Specialist, UD.
  • 8:00-9:00pm- Crop Disease Update.  Nathan Kleczewski, Extension Plant Pathologist, UD

Useful Agriculture Apps

February 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Smart phones and tablets have become very popular in the agriculture community. They are powerful tools that can be used to make important decisions, possibly while standing in a field or from the cab of a tractor. Many apps can be downloaded to your smart phone or tablet for free or purchased for a small fee. Personally, I find it challenging to stay abreast of all the new apps and sorting out the good from bad. Dr. Brian Arnall, Precision Nutrient Management Extension Specialist from Oklahoma State University, posted an article discussing useful apps for those involved in agriculture. The article can be found at this link: http://osunpk.com/2014/01/03/ag-apps-updated/

Kent County Crop Masters-Session 2: Introduction to Field Crop Scouting

February 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

Date: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 6-9 p.m
Location:  Paradee Building, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE
Registration:  Please call Carol Hrupsa at (302) 730-4000 by Feb 10.

This session is designed for those who need basic field crop scouting training. Focus will be placed on corn, soybean, and small grain pests. Topics include a general overview of local insect, disease, and weed pests, scouting techniques and equipment, timing of disease symptomology, use of weed identification keys, and resources for new crop scouts. Experts will provide training and be on hand to take questions. Light refreshments will be served.

6:00-7:00 pm: Scouting for Insect Pests. Bill Cissel, Extension IPM Agent & Joanne Whalen, Extension IPM Specialist, UD.

  • Overview of major corn, soybean, and small grain insect pests
  • Beneficial Insects
  • Scouting techniques and equipment
  • Resources for new scouts

7:00-8:00 pm: Scouting for Diseases. Nathan Kleczewski, Extension Plant Pathology Specialist, UD.

  • Overview of major corn, soybean, and small grain diseases
  • Timing of disease symptomology
  • Resources for new scouts

8:00-9:00 pm: Weed Management Overview. Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Specialist, UD

  • When to scout for weeds
  • Weed emergence timing
  • Use of weed identification keys

Phillip Sylvester, Extension Agriculture Agent, Kent County, UD

UD Small Grains Management Meeting

January 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

UD Small Grains Management MeetingDelaware Wheat Field

Date:  Friday, February 21, 2014
Time:  8:30-11:30 a.m.
Location:  Harrington Fire Hall, 20 Clark Street, Harrington, DE
Registration:  Please call Karen Adams at (302) 856-2585 ext. 540 in Sussex or Carol Hrupsa at (302) 730-4000 in Kent by Feb 17.
Credits:  DE Nutrient Management, DE Pesticide, and CCA available

8:30-9:00 am:  Growth and Development- Key Periods for Maximizing Yield. Cory Whaley, Extension Agriculture Agent, Sussex County & Phillip Sylvester, Extension Agriculture Agent, Kent County

9:00-9:30 am:  Wheat and Barley Insect Pest Management.  Joanne Whalen, Extension IPM Specialist

9:30-10:00 am:  Managing Hard to Control Weeds.  Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Specialist

10:00-10:30 am: Fusarium Head Blight Overview.  Nathan Kleczewski, Extension Plant Pathology Specialist.

10:30-11:00 am:  Timing Nitrogen Applications for Maximum Yields. Why is Sulfur Important?  Amy Shober, Extension Nutrient Management Specialist

11:00-11:30 am: Good Cultural Practices for Small Grains. What is the Value of Straw?  Richard Taylor, Extension Agronomy Specialist

Kent County Crop Masters-Session 1: Irrigation Management 101

January 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

The first Kent County Crop Masters session will be held on February 5, 2014 at the Paradee Building in Dover, DE. Please note that if you attended  the “Basic Irrigation Management for those New to Irrigation” session at Delaware Ag Week, you will not receive credit(s) for this session.

Irrigation Management 101
DATE:    Wednesday, February 5, 2014
TIME:     6pm – 8:30pm
PLACE:  UD Kent County Cooperative Extension Office (Paradee Center)
69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901
REGISTRATION:  Please call (302) 730-4000 by Feb. 3 to register or you may e-mail:  carolm@udel.edu
CREDITS:  DE Nutrient Management (2.5), CCA (2.5 SW)

This session will provide basic irrigation management information. Topics will include a discussion of soil types and moisture holding capacities, review of available water and managed allowable depletion, soil moisture measurement techniques, and soil infiltration rates. A review of irrigation pumping options, delivery system types, and their ideal applications will also be discussed. This session will be identical to the Basic Irrigation Management session held during Delaware Ag Week. Light refreshments will be served.

Speaker: James Adkins, Irrigation Specialist, UD