Jun
4

March Sussex Beginning Farmer Workshop

Gordon Johnson and Emmalea Ernest demonstrating two types of hand planters. Jab-planters use a narrow funnel to deliver each seed into the dirt through an alligator-like mouth at the opposite end. You jab the end into the ground, drop a seed down the…

Jun
3

Upcoming Programs!

Dwarf Sweet Cherry High Tunnel & Alternative Fruit Twilight Meeting T. S. Smith & Sons, Bridgeville, DE. Thursday, June 4th, from 6:00-8:00pm. Learn about growing dwarf sweet cherries in high tunnels and other alternative fruits from Charlie Smith of T. S. Smith &…

Mar
19

February Sussex Beginning Farmer Workshop

  What to grow? When to grow? These and many other questions were answered at the first classroom session in Sussex County. Dr. Gordon Johnson covered a wide array of topics, including business, market, and production planning, enterprise budgeting, marketing opportunities, planning for…

Mar
19

February New Castle Beginning Farmer Workshop

The first hands-on session in Newark covered aspects of Transplant Production. Students learned from Dr. Gordon about growing facilities, trays and media for planting, seeding, watering, fertilization and growth management. High tunnel production was also discussed and students direct seeded cool season vegetables…

Feb
6

2014 Baby Lima Quality Evaluation

On December 16, 2014 six representatives of from the four regional vegetable processing companies that that pack lima beans evaluated blanched and frozen samples of many of the baby lima varieties tested for yield in the 2014 trial. Four commercially frozen samples, purchased from…

Feb
6

2014 Fordhook Quality Evaluation

On December 16, 2014 six representatives of from the four regional vegetable processing companies that that pack lima beans evaluated blanched and frozen samples of the Fordhook varieties tested for yield in the 2014 trial. Two commercially frozen samples, purchased from local grocery…

Mar
12

Not Just for Car Dealerships Anymore?

Fruit Grower News featured an article about research being done  in Michigan and New York on a new method to prevent bird damage to fruit. Researchers from Cornell University and Michigan State University are working with growers to test the use of “inflatable dancers”,…

Feb
26

New Video on Processing Sweet Corn Research

Last year we made a video about our processing pea trials. This year’s offering features some research we have done over the past several years on processing sweet corn variety selection and the effects of stand reduction on yield.  Check out the new…

Feb
20

DELAWARE PRODUCE FOOD SAFETY TRAININGS FOR 2014

In 2014, three initial training opportunities will be offered for produce growers on food safety and good agricultural practices and good handling practices (GAP’s and GHP’s) by the Delaware Cooperative Extension.  Training covers microbial food contaminants, outbreaks associated with produce, how produce becomes…

Jan
30

Gallery of Watermelon Varieties

These varieties have been tested in our watermelon trials and are recommended for production on Delmarva. The varieties are listed by maturity group. Those designated “High Quality” had average brix of 11.5% or more in the majority of years they were trialed. Disease…