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: http://extension.udel.edu/fieldcropdisease/2014/06/17/2014-wheat-variety-trial-disease-ratings/

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.

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.