2019 Weed Science Field Day

Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Specialist; mjv@udel.edu

The 2019 Weed Science Field Day will be held Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the University of Delaware’s Carvel Research and Education Center, Route 9 (16483 County Seat Highway), Georgetown, DE.

Dr. Alyssa Koehler (plant pathology), Dr. David Owens (entomology), and Dr. Jarrod Miller (agronomy) will also be on hand to discuss their summer research projects as well.

The weather delayed getting some of the plots planted, but the past three weeks have been very productive and we will have lots to view. 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 for herbicide application. We will view trials for full-season no-till and conventional tillage soybean production; including a number of soybean trials with postemergence treatments.

The day will begin with registration beginning 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 a.m. 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.

Women in Ag Webinars 2019 Summer Schedule

Webinars are the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon EST

Cost is FREE

To participate go to: https://extension.umd.edu/womeninag/webinars

6/12/19: Emotional Well-Being: Warning Signs and Resources
Farmers experience a wide range of emotional stress that can affect both the individual and their family. This session will share warning signs and resources available to deal with emotional stress. Some topics covered include financial stress, substance abuse, depression, and suicide.

6/26/19: Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket
This session will cover raising backyard poultry for egg production and sales. Topics covered includes basic nutrition and problems encountered with laying hens. We will also talk about handling eggs and what to do if someone wants to sell them.

7/10/19: Water and Water Reuse in Agriculture
Water is so important on the farm – but not all water sources are the same. This webinar will go over recent research on water quality differences between river, pond, and recycled water as well as explaining how recycled water could be a reliable alternative for irrigation water. We will also provide information on new publications and multimedia materials related to recycled water in agriculture.

7/24/19: Introduction to Integrated Pest Management
Integrated pest management (IPM), is a broad-based approach to keeping pest populations below economic injury level. This webinar will review basic IPM principles, control tactics, and how to diagnose problems.

8/14/19: Farm Liability Insurance and Farm Business Structures: How They Can Work Together to Protect You and Your Farming Business
Bewildered by the many types of farm insurance? Confused about the difference between a sole proprietorship, an LLC, a corporation, and a cooperative? Join us as we sort through your options. Nicole Cook, Environmental and Agricultural Faculty Legal Specialist from University of Maryland Eastern Shore, will explain the basics of insurance and business structures for your farm, and will zoom in on how farm liability insurance and your choice of business structures for your farm can work together to protect you and your farm.

8/28/19: Boost Your Email Newsletter Open Rates
While some claim they are “dead,” email marketing still has one of the highest engagement rates and returns on investment of any marketing strategy. The success of your email newsletters is dependent upon their open rates. Learn a few simple strategies to increase your chances of someone opening your e-newsletter instead of clicking the dreaded “delete” button.

9/11/19: This Just In. Your Ag-Role for Media Requests
Have you been asked for an interview by a print or broadcast reporter or comment on a local or ag-related issue? How should you prepare? What do you wear? What is the reporter looking for? Embrace this opportunity and control the message and image you provide for your family and farm. We’ll go over techniques on how to optimize your role in the interview and stay focused on your message.

9/25/19: Managing Your Forested Farmland
This webinar will outline how farmers can best profit from and maintain their forested acres. Learn about the Maryland forestry legal framework and how you can benefit from creating a forest conservation plan

Professional Internship in Plant and Soil Diagnostic Services

The Plant Diagnostic Clinic and Soil Testing Program in the Plant and Soil Sciences Department at the University of Delaware seek an intern to assist with processing of samples, reporting of results and outreach activities of both operations. The programs provide diagnostic and analytical services to commercial growers, landscapers and nurseries, home owners, Cooperative Extension and researchers. This position offers an opportunity to learn about plants, soils, plant and soil health, and plant diseases in Delaware landscape plants, vegetables, and crops.

The Intern will work a maximum of 30 hours per week between the two programs. This is an hourly position offering a competitive rate based on experience / education but no university benefits. The internship is funded for 12 months with possible extension.

Available June 1, 2019

Duties May Include:

Plant Diagnostic Clinic:

  • Receipt of plant and soil samples
  • Entering plant sample information (i.e. plant names common and scientific, client contact info, addresses, dates) into online database system.
  • Laboratory triage, diagnostic techniques, microbiology and testing procedures will be learned.

Soil Testing Program:

  • Receipt and organization of samples
  • Sample preparation and analysis – training will be provided
  • Data entry in the lab
  • Occasional assistance in the program office

Additionally – Opportunities to assist with public outreach including Cooperative Extension events and short course offerings and with fact sheet development and website content will be available for those with interest and/or experience in those areas. Other duties may be required as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Basic lab skills,
  • Knowledge of plant biology and names desired,
  • Coursework in Plant, Biological and Soil Sciences as well as Chemistry desired
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office),
  • Good spelling, flexibility, and attention to detail are preferred.

To Apply:
Please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references to:
Nancy Gregory, UD Plant Diagnostic Clinic, 151 Townsend Hall, ngregory@udel.edu
or
Karen Gartley, UD Soil Testing Program, 152 Townsend Hall, kgartley@udel.edu

Equal Employment Opportunity
Employment offers will be dependent upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html

 

Do You Need Nutrient Management Credits?

There are new continuing education programs posted on the “Continuing Education Program” page of the University of Delaware Nutrient Management Program website. There are also “Online Continuing Education Programs” available. The Delaware Nutrient Management Continuing Education website is updated with continuing education programs as soon as they become available.

If you have any questions regarding certification sessions, continuing education programs and credits please contact Terra Eby at 302-730-4000 or terra@udel.edu.

New Castle County’s Marl Pit Tailgate Session

Tuesday, June 4, 2019     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

Bring a tailgate or a lawn chair

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. This session will inform producers of timely topics observed and occurring in 2019. An overview of ongoing research in New Castle and state-wide will also be included.

We will wrap up with the traditional ice cream treat.

Credits: Nutrient Management (1), Pesticide (1)

The meeting is free and everyone interested in attending is welcome. Mark your calendar and call (302) 831-2506 to register by Friday, May 24. If you have special needs in accessing this program, please call the office two weeks in advance.

Welcome and Introductions
6:00-6:05
Dan Severson, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Overview of Small Grains Variety Trials at Marl Pit
6:05-6:10
Victor Green, University of Delaware Extension

Weed and Cover Crop Update
6:10-6:30
Mark VanGessel, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Weed Specialist

2019 Insect Pest Outlook
6:30-6:50
David Owens, University of Delaware Extension Entomologist

Each year brings different pest management challenges. Issues from 2018 will be reviewed, and stakeholders advised what to be on the lookout for in 2019. Current projects include cover crops, slug management research, Dectes stem borer, and prophylactic insecticides.

Nutrient Management Update
6:50-7:10
Amy Shober, University of Delaware Extension Nutrient Management Specialist

Agronomy Update
7:10-7:30
Jarrod Miller, University of Delaware Extension Agronomy Specialist
Agronomic updates over the last year include cover crop impacts on cash crop stands, tissue tests for critical nutrients, and some research into planting populations for wheat.

Plant Pathology Update
7:30-7:50
Alyssa Koehler, University of Delaware Plant Pathologist Specialist
Discussion will cover common disease symptoms, growth stages most susceptible to disease, fungicide application methods and associated costs, as well as in season scenarios that may affect fungicide decisions.

Conclusion and Evaluations
7:50-8:00
Dan Severson, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

 

 

 

DSU Blueberry Field Day

Tuesday, June 18, 2019     8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Delaware State University
Outreach & Research Center
884 Smyrna-Leipsic Road, Smyrna, DE

Speakers
Dr. Dharma Pitchay, Associate Professor, Tennessee State University
A representative from USDA local office, DE

Open to the public. Commercial and Residential Producers are welcomes to this FREE Event.

Blueberries can be a profitable, specialty crop that commercial and backyard growers can produce successfully. Participants will be guided through the soil and water testing process as well as discuss production aspects of blueberries. Participants will gain hands-on knowledge of proper planting and pruning techniques to maximize disease prevention and insect control, thus maximizing plant health and productivity.

Interested participants are requested to bring soil sample (1/2 lb) from their plot where they plant blueberries and water sample (30 ml) they apply during irrigation to test pH.

Class space is limited – registration is required: Register by contacting Lekha Paudel, at 302-857-7796 or email Lnpaudel@desu.edu.

Integrated Pest Management Implementation Workshop

Monday, July 8, 2019
Delaware State University, Smyrna Outreach Research Center
884 Smyrna-Leipsic Road, Smyrna, 19977-3440

The workshop will cover:
● Integrated Pest Management Strategies
● Insect and Mites: life cycles, detection methods, monitoring thresholds and control options
● Experience with predatory mites
● Housing pests and control
● Weed management and cover cropping for specialty crop growers

Pesticide Credits: 6

Speakers:

Dion Lerman Lewis
Penn State Center

David Owen
University of Delaware

Cerruti Hooks
University of Maryland, College Park

Brian Kunkel
University of Delaware

Please register by July 3, 2019.

For more information, to register for this free workshop, or for assistance due to disabilities, contact: Rose Ogutu rogutu@desu.edu- Phone number 302-857-6397

 

DSU Blueberry Field Day

Tuesday, June 18, 2019     8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Delaware State University
Outreach & Research Center
884 Smyrna-Leipsic Road, Smyrna, DE

Speakers
Dr. Dharma Pitchay, Associate Professor, Tennessee State University
A representative from USDA local office, DE

Open to the public. Commercial and Residential Producers are welcomes to this FREE Event.

Blueberries can be a profitable, specialty crop that commercial and backyard growers can produce successfully. Participants will be guided through the soil and water testing process as well as discuss production aspects of blueberries. Participants will gain hands-on knowledge of proper planting and pruning techniques to maximize disease prevention and insect control, thus maximizing plant health and productivity.

Interested participants are requested to bring soil sample (1/2 lb) from their plot where they plant blueberries and water sample (30 ml) they apply during irrigation to test pH.

Class space is limited – registration is required: Register by contacting Lekha Paudel, at 302-857-7796 or email Lnpaudel@desu.edu.

Spring Pasture Walk

Tuesday, May 21, 2019     6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Whitehead Cattle Company
1303 Dexter Corner Rd, Townsend, DE 19734

Credits: Nutrient Management (0.75) Pesticide credit(1.0)

Come and see how Whitehead Cattle Company uses pasture to effectively feed their beef herd. Learn how to identify weeds and how to control them in a pasture setting. In addition, learn about soil health and how healthy soil is the key to making farms more productive, profitable and resilient—and better prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Learn how to take a hay sample and visually evaluate hay. The workshop will also feature a talk on Pesticide safety – responsible decision-making and actions to protect pesticide users, public health, plant and animal health, and the environment

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 call to register by Friday, May 10.

Agenda

Welcome and Introductions
6:00-6:05
Dan Severson, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Tour of Pastures and Pasture Management
6:05-6:20
George and Lynda Whitehead, Whitehead Cattle Company

Weed Identification and Control in Pastures
6:20-6:50
Quintin Johnson, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Pesticide Safety
6:50-7:15
Dr. Kerry Richards, University of Delaware Pesticide Safety Education Program

Soil Health
7:15-7:40
Jayme Arthurs, NRCS Research Conservationist

Proper Hay Sampling and How to Visually Evaluate Hay
7:40-7:55
Dan Severson, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Wrap up and Evaluations
7:55-8:00
Dan Severson, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Rotem Controller Workshop

Thursday, April 18, 2019     10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Frankford Fire Company Hall
7 Main Street, Frankford, DE 19945

Rotem’s Controllers set new standards in the poultry industry. These controllers enable poultry farmers to raise their flocks under the best conditions possible while reducing operating expenses and increasing efficiency. This Workshop will provide information to help you decide to use, whether you are a new grower or an existing grower. Put on by the University of Maryland Extension, along with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., this Workshop will cover both standard and precision mode controllers.

This is a free workshop. Lunch will be provided.

To register go to Eventbrite (Free): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rotem-controller-workshop-additional-location-added-tickets-58647031851. Any questions, please contact Jenny Rhodes, jrhodes@umd.edu, (410) 310-0103, Jon Moyle jmoyle@umd.edu, (410) 742-1178, or Georgie Cartanza, cartanza@udel.edu, (302) 632-3173

Sponsored by: Rotem, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., University of Maryland Extension