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


More Information to Follow. Check out Events at

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 a.m. 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.

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

2018 National Ginger & Turmeric Conference

October 17-19, 2018
Richmond, Virginia

With growing interest in ginger and turmeric, many health professionals, researchers, farmers, and food and beverage professionals are turning their attention toward these healthy spices. In order to cultivate new ideas and further grow the industry, Virginia State University is hosting the first National Ginger & Turmeric Conference in Richmond, Virginia this fall. The three-day conference is targeted at the agricultural, health, and culinary professionals who work or are considering working with ginger and turmeric. It will showcase the latest science and technology related to production, product development and health, as well as feature success stories and marketing strategies.

Abstracts are now being accepted for oral and poster presentation
Submit your abstract now.

A Conference Proceedings documenting oral presentations and poster displays will be published post-conference.

▪ Farmers
▪ Horticulturists
▪ Researchers
▪ Health Professionals
▪ Cooperative Extension faculty
▪ Professionals in the Nutrition Supplement Industry
▪ Professionals in the Food & Beverage ▪ Industry
▪ Chefs

▪ Keynote Speakers
▪ Technical Sessions
▪ Poster & Oral Abstract Presentations
▪ Ginger & Turmeric 101 Workshop
▪ Networking Opportunities
▪ Tours

Conference Registration fee is $250. Lodging is not included in the registration fee. Registration will be open soon

The conference hotel is the DoubleTree Richmond Midlothian. Discounted conference rooms are available now.

Visit the conference website for updated information as it becomes available. You may also contact Dr. Reza Rafie at or 1-804-712-4600.

Wholesale Readiness Workshop

Tuesday, March 20, 2018     3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Other Side Produce, Seaford, DE
Parkside High School, Salisbury, MD

Beginning at 3:00 PM, produce growers in all phases of business development are invited to start the experience with a one-hour tour of the facilities at Other Side Produce located at 9654 Brickyard Drive, Seaford, Delaware, 19973.

Following the Other Side tour, workshop attendees will travel (transportation not provided) to Parkside High School in Salisbury, MD where, beginning at 4:30 PM, you will further explore the unique standards for produce harvesting and post-harvest handling when selling into wholesale markets.


  • Dallas Lister with Other Side Produce
  • Ashley & Johnny Harrison, Terrapin Farms
  • Lindsay Gilmour, Cheseapeake Harvest Food Safety Educator
  • Jerry Kelly & Parkside High School CTE Students

Meet new friends and get the resources you need to take your farm to the next level!

Light supper included with FREE registration.

Sponsored by Chesapeake Harvest,

Register at:

On-Farm Poultry Growers’ Field Day

Wednesday, March 28, 2018     9:30 a.m – 3:00 p.m.
Hawkins Farm, 971 Clover Field Lane
Harrington, DE 19952

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. is partnering with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and University of Maryland Extension to host an on-farm Poultry Growers’ Field Day. This event will offer practical workshops, beneficial to both beginning and experienced commercial chicken growers, on the following topics:

▪ Tunnel ventilation

▪ Farm safety

▪ Generator and housing maintenance

▪ Animal welfare

▪ Controller tips

▪ Radiant tube heating

▪ Water quality and water line sanitation

▪ Good neighbor practices and vegetative environmental buffers

▪ Biosecurity

▪ And more topics still to be announced

Vendors will also be present, and lunch will be provided. Most workshops and vendors will be located inside a newly constructed poultry house on fresh bedding. Growers are reminded to practice good biosecurity when traveling to and from the field day.

The workshop will take place at Rob Hawkins Farm, a new organic chicken farm near Harrington, Delaware. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., with sessions to start at 10 a.m. There will be concurrent sessions held each hour on the hour, and the event will end at 3 p.m. Two nutrient management credits will be available.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited to the first 300 registrants. To register online for the Poultry Growers’ Field Day, visit If you are not able to register online, call Lisa Collins at (302) 856-2585 to register by phone.

Delaware Ag Safety Conference

Wednesday, March 7, 2018     10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Ag Commodities Building
Delaware State Fairgrounds
Harrington, DE

This event is sponsored by Delaware Farm Bureau and other generous sponsors with the goal of promoting safety in agricultural settings. The main speaker, Dr. Kerry Richards, will be presenting on pesticide safety.

There is no charge and lunch is included.

Registration is required. Register by calling (302) 697-3183 M-F, 8-4.

Annie’s Project Farm Management Class for Women

Annie’s Project courses have been announced for 2018! Annie’s Project is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field. Annie’s Project provides a relaxed, fun, dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other women in agriculture. The target audience is women in agriculture with a passion for business and involvement in the farm operation.

MidShore Maryland
6 sessions, 6:00pm-9:00pm
February 21, 2018 – March 28, 2018
Location: Chesapeake Culinary Center
512 Franklin Street, Denton, MD

Central Maryland
6 sessions, 5:30pm-8:30pm
April 3, 2018 – May 8, 2018
Location: Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD 21157

Register at:

The cost of the course including meals and materials is $75. For the class agenda or more information visit, email Shannon Dill at or call Talbot County Extension Office at 410-822-1244. If you require special assistance to attend the classes please contact the site at least two weeks prior. The program is open to all and is sponsored by the University of Maryland Extension and Delaware Cooperative Extension.

Annie’s Project has been approved for FSA Borrower Training. For more information, please contact your FSA loan officer.