2018 Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School

November 13-15, 2018
Princess Royale in Ocean City, MD

The Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School is held every November the week before Thanksgiving. This 2.5 day workshop has five classrooms supporting continuing education for certified crop advisors and other ag professionals in Crop, Pest and Nutrient Management as well as Soil & Water. This school is organized by Cooperative Extension from the University of Delaware, University of Maryland, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University. Other support comes from Mid-Atlantic State Agricultural Departments and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

To see the program or register please visit: Crop 18 Registration

If you have any issues with registration, please contact UMD Conference services: cropregistration@umd.edu

Summer Cut Flower Tour

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
8:40 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Sponsored by:
University of Maryland Extension

Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers
Maryland Cut Flowers Growers Association

Loveville Produce Auction
40454 Bishop Road, Mechanicsville, MD

Weaver’s Cut Flower Farm
25964 Bishop Road, Mechanicsville, MD

Jacob Hertzler Farm
37011 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall, MD

8:40 – 9:00 Check-in/Registration

9:00 – 10:00 Loveville Produce Auction

10:00 – 11:30 Weaver’s Cut Flower Farm

11:30- 12:15 Ko Klaver – Botanical Trading Company, Bulbs for Cut Flowers

12:15 – 12:45 Lunch: Fried Chicken, Local Produce Fixin’s and Homemade Ice Cream

12:45-1:15 Travel to Jacob Hertzler’s in Charlotte Hall

1:15 – 2:30 Jacob Hertzler and Family Cut Flower Farm

Times are approximate. Farm stop times can vary.

University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or national origin.

Cost: $30 per person
Lunch is not guaranteed after September 10.
No refunds after September 11.

To register with a credit card go to:

A form for mail-in registration is available.

For more information on the program or registration call (301) 596-9413 or email sklick@umd.edu

Advanced Soil Health & Cover Crops Workshop

Wednesday, September 12, 2018   9:00-3:00
St Jones Reserve Coastal Training Center
818 Kitts Hummock Rd Dover, DE 19901

Topics Include:
• Increasing soil organic matter
• Soil biology
• Impacts of herbicides on cover crops
• Benefits of species and mixes
• Farmer case studies

Dr. Sjoerd Duiker from Penn State
& Dr. Mark VanGessel from UD

CEU’s are pending for this free workshop.

Lunch is included.

Contact Jason Challandes for more information or to register at jchallandes@desu.edu or (302) 388-2241.

Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture, 4-H and Home Economics, Delaware State University, University of Delaware and United States Department of Agriculture cooperating, Dr. Dyremple B. Marsh, Dean and Administrator. It is the policy of Delaware Cooperative Extension that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

Growing Farmers Workshops

Coverdale Farm Preserve
543 Way Road, Greenville, DE 19807

Coverdale Farm Preserve is a 377-acre farm and nature preserve located in Greenville, DE. We are pleased to offer a series of free hands-on workshops for farmers of all levels of experience and scale of operation.

Registration is required. To Register please contact Melinda Hardie: melinda@delnature.org

Fall 2018 Series

Creating a Pick-Your-Own Program
Wednesday, August 29, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Rain date: Friday, August 31, 10:00am – 12:00pm
A Pick-Your-Own (PYO) program is an engaging opportunity for your customers. Tour our successful PYO program and discover the best varieties to plant, techniques for low maintenance, pricing, and customer education. Let us share our experience to help you determine if this is a good fit for your operation.

Troubleshooting in Specialty Crop Production
Wednesday, September 19, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Rain date: Friday, September 21, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Keep your plants thriving and productive. Learn to identify common pests including insects, plant diseases, nutrient deficiencies. Discover preventative strategies, steps, and solutions to compromising conditions in order to maximize yields.

Techniques for Successful Lettuce Production
Wednesday, October 10, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Rain Date: Friday, October 12, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Lettuce is a fast growing and profitable 4-season crop. Explore our production fields to learn the methods we have refined over the years, the varieties that do best in both cool and hot seasons, as well as harvesting, cleaning, and storage tips.

Season Extension of Specialty Crops
Wednesday, October 17, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Rain Date: Friday, 19, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Vegetables are the focus of this workshop with particular attention to selected varieties trialed for season extension. Learn how to maximize yields in shoulder season in both protected culture and field grown situations.

The Agriculture Horizon Conference

Thursday, August 23, 2018     9:00 am–2:30 pm
University of Delaware
Carvel Research & Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown

2018 has been a season threatening a “perfect storm” of risks for Delmarva farmers. Weeks of flooded fields, followed by weeks of excessive heat and dry conditions causing soil to look like talcum powder, delayed planting, and crashing commodity prices have created income uncertainty for producers. Combine these natural risks with questions about tariffs affecting global commodity trade and how a new Farm Bill may shape up (or not) and you have a situation with more questions than answers.

An Agriculture Horizon Conference is being held on August 23, 2018 at the Carvel Research & Education Center 16483 County Seat Highway Georgetown, Delaware 9:00 am – 2:30 pm. Lunch will be served. The conference will include the perspectives of Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse and FSA State Executive Director Sean McKeon on 2018 Farm Bill possibilities, US trade policy, and recently announced USDA plans to address falling commodity prices with a $12 billion package.

In addition, there will be updates on how crop insurance, revenue protection, and whole farm coverage can be used individually or in combination to protect farm income and address many of the risks which have become a reality in 2018. Some producer frustrations with some aspects of crop insurance will be addressed along with potentials solutions. Also discussed will be how program choices made by producers at their FSA office within the next Farm Bill may impact other risk management choices like crop insurance.

This will be a two-part program, with the first part centered on the ag community and farmers and the second focusing on Non-producer stakeholders, with a lunch in between. Registration is not required, but is encouraged to allow conference organizers to provide enough materials and meals. Please register by emailing DECropHelp@gmail.com or calling 302-831-2538.

Designer Ditch Workshops

Thursday, August 2     6:00-8:00 p.m.
University of Delaware
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Hwy
Georgetown, DE

Saturday, August 25    11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Laurel Public Library
Laurel, DE

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance invites you to our Designer Ditch Workshops! Learn how to make your local waterways healthier and improve wildlife habitat. We’ll talk about ditches, of course, and how you can participate in this brand new program, but also cover native plants and the pollinators who love them, Livable Lawns, and more! Plus, all participants will receive a free native plant to take home!

NWA will also select two ditches for demonstration projects; demonstration project locations must be in the Delaware portion of the Nanticoke River watershed (or one of its tributaries, such as Broad Creek and Deep Creek). If you’re uncertain of your watershed, please see http://delawarewatersheds.org/find-your-watershed-address/.

Both workshops will contain the same content. To register please contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Beth Wasden at bethwasden@nanticokeriver.org or at 443.944.1175 or register online at NanticokeRiver.org/designerditches/.

Carvel Research and Education Center Field Crop Tour

Thursday, August 16, 2018    3:30-5:30 p.m.
University of Delaware
Carvel Research & Education Center
16483 County Seat Hwy
Georgetown, DE 19947

Please mark your calendars to join us for the 2018 Field Crop Tour at the University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center on August 16th. The crop tour will take place at the Thurman Adams Jr. Agricultural Research Farm located on County Seat Highway west of Georgetown at 3:30 pm and end at 5:30 pm, culminating with a chicken dinner. Highlights of the wagon tours will include the latest research on vegetable and agronomic crops, including precision agriculture.

Please R.S.V.P. by Monday, August 13th for attendance and meal planning by calling 302-856-7303.

Irrigation Systems and Traffic Safety

The Department of Agriculture is reminding Delaware farmers to make sure your irrigation systems are not spraying water onto our state highways and roads. Wet roadways reduce pavement friction that creates a hazard for motorists, especially for motorcycle riders. Check your pivots and make adjustments. You don’t want to be the cause of a crash.

Food Safety in Relation to Specialty Crops and Field Day

Get the most out of your high value crops

Friday, July 6, 2018   8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
DSU Outreach & Research Center
884 Smyrna-Leipsic Road Smyrna, Delaware

Focus is on cage culture, blueberry; EQIP program and organic farming; farmer perspective.

Dr. Rohan Tikekar of the University of Maryland will speak on food safety measures to use while working with fruits and vegetables on farm.

Dr. Gary Pavlis of Rutgers University will speak on production and management of a blueberry farm.

Participants will tour the farm!

Please register by June 25, 2018 for this free field day/workshop by contacting Lekha Paudel at 302-857-7796 or lnpaudel@desu.edu.

Blueberry Experimental Plot Tour

Tuesday, June 26, 2018   6:00-8:00 p.m.
University of Delaware
Carvel Research & Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947

This meeting will highlight variety testing and other research with blueberries.

This is the last season that we will be maintaining and collecting data from the blueberry experimental planting at the research farm. Come see and taste the 25 varieties in the variety trial!

Tour the blueberry variety trial, fertilization and soil amendment experiments.

The meeting will conclude with an ice cream and berry treat.

Please pre-register by June 25 by contacting Karen Adams at (302) 856-7303 or adams@udel.edu