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

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

Poultry Grower Workshop: Hiring, Firing and Employee Management 101

Thursday, June 7, 2018      6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Caroline County Fairgrounds, Denton, MD.

Friday, June 8      9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Carvel Research and Education Center, Georgetown, DE

How to hire quality employees and prepare for a future crisis.

The University of Maryland Extension and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension in partnership with Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. will be hosting two workshops for commercial poultry growers.

The workshops will focus on human resource issues related to hiring quality employees, retaining quality employees, and how to prepare for issues caused by employees.

Mark your calendar:
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The Universities of Delaware and Maryland Extension programs are open to any person and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression.

Small Ruminant Fecal Egg Counting and FAMACHA© Workshop

Saturday, June 2, 2018    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
University of Delaware, Carvel REC
16686 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947

Learn Parasite Control
Internal parasites are a major health problem affecting sheep and goats. This workshop is designed to help producers learn the basics of selective internal parasite control. Join us as we provide hands-on training to certify producers in the use of FAMACHA© score card and fecal egg counts.

Presented jointly by: Kwame Matthews, Delaware State University and Susan Garey and Daniel Severson, University of Delaware

The cost of the workshop is $25. Lunch is included.

Workshop participation is limited to 25 attendees. Pre-register by May 25, 2018.

Register online at:
contact Kwame Matthews at (302) 857-6540

Marl Pit Tailgate Session

Tuesday, June 5, 2018     6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
UD Cooperative Extension Research Demonstration Area
¾ Mile east of Armstrong Corner, on Marl Pit Rd. – Road 429, Middletown

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.

Bring a tailgate or a lawn chair

We will wrap up with the traditional ice cream treat.

Nutrient Management: 1.0, Pesticide: 1.0

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)831-2506. Please register by Tuesday, May 29.

Welcome and Introductions
Dan Severson, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Overview of Small Grains Variety Trials at Marl Pit
Victor Green, University of Delaware Extension

Weed Update
Mark VanGessel, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Weed Specialist
Discussion of early-season weed management issues. We will talk about what we have seen and been asked about in the spring of 2018. We will explain and discuss our cover crop demonstration plots at the Marl Pit site as well.

2018 Insect Pest Outlook
David Owens, University of Delaware Extension Entomologist
Perennial insect pests that need to be anticipated will be discussed along with management implications of current insect pest populations.”

Nutrient Management Update
Amy Shober, University of Delaware Extension Nutrient Management Specialist

7:10-7:30 Agronomic Crop Insect Management Update
Bill Cissell, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension
This talk will address current pest management concerns, focusing on cereal leaf beetle management in small grains and pest management issues with cover crops.

Using NDVI to Measure Wheat Populations and Spring Nitrogen Needs
Jarrod Miller, University of Delaware Extension Agronomy Specialist
UAVs can be used to scout crops as well as obtain NDVI measurements of crop health and biomass. Research on winter wheat was performed to determine whether NDVI imagery could detect wheat population, tiller counts, and nitrogen needs.

Conclusion and Evaluations
Dan Severson, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

2018 Farmers’ Field Day At LESREC

Wednesday, June 27, 2018   9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
University of Maryland
Lower Eastern Shore Research & Education Center (LESREC)
27664 Nanticoke Road, Salisbury, MD 21801

Calling all Farmers/Growers to Your Field Day at LESREC

• IR-4 Program
• Nutrient Management & Soil Health
• Ag Law and Conserve (Possible Nutrient Mgmt. Credits)
• Plant Pathology Information
• Variety Studies
• Weed Management
• Poultry Information
• Diagnostic Information
• Bee / Pollen Research
• Wagon Tours

Lunch will be provided


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The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Equal Access Programs

Tours and Discussion of Cover Crop Demonstration Plots

Tuesday, May 1, 2018     6:00-7:00 p.m.
UD Carvel Research & Education Center
16483 County Seat Hwy, Georgetown, DE


Thursday, May 3, 2018     6:00-7:00 p.m.
UD Demonstration Site on Marl Pit Rd
Just west of intersection of Cedar Lane and Marl Pit Rd, Middletown DE

We are holding two twilight tours. Both on the same topics, Walk through the demonstrations of plots planted last fall:

  1. Cover crop species
  2. Cover crop mixes
  3. Cover crop planting dates

Discussion on issues associated with terminating cover crops, slugs and insect issues, effect on weeds, soil health, and planting

0.5 credit for nutrient management and 0.5 CEU for CCA (Soil and Water category)

For more specifics visit

In case of threatening weather call 302/856-7303

New Castle County rain date is May 8, and Sussex County is May 10.

2018 UD Weed Science Field Day

Wednesday, June 20, 2018     8:30 a.m.
University of Delaware
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Hwy, Georgetown, DE

The UD Weed Science Field Day will begin with registration at 8:30 at the Grove near the farm buildings and new office building on the north side of the road. We will start to view the plots at 8:45 am.

The weather has been a challenge to get plots planted. All of our corn studies will be part of the tour, which includes most of the commercially available herbicides. Some of corn trials include different approaches and timings of herbicide application. Most of our soybean trials were recently planted, but we will view various burndown trials for full-season no-till production. We will also talk about the various cover crop trials. Our trials with Xtend soybeans, Liberty Link, and Enlist soybeans will not be at a stage to view until later this summer.

Coffee, juices, and donuts will be provided. We will also provide sandwiches for lunch.

Pesticide credits and Certified Crop Advisor continuation credits will also be available.

Dr. Michael Flessner, VA Tech, will hold a field day on Tuesday, June 19th at Blackstone, VA

Dwight Lingenfelter, Penn State, will hold a field day on Thursday, June 21st at Landisville, PA

2018 Delaware Cooperative Extension Horticulture Short Courses

Register for these courses online.

Pest and Beneficial Insect Walk
$15, 2 Pest., 1 CNP, 2 ISA credits
Wednesday, June 6, 4-6 pm
Sussex County Extension Office
16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown
Wednesday, June 20, 4-6 pm
University of Delaware Botanic Gardens
531 S College Avenue, Newark,
Meet at the entrance to Fischer Greenhouse.
Learn to identify insect and disease pests, as well as beneficial insects in the landscape at either the Sussex County Extension Office or the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens. Instructors: Nancy Gregory, Brian Kunkel, Carrie Murphy, and Tracy Wootten