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 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:

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.

Sussex Master Gardeners Summer & Fall Workshops

The Master Gardeners are planning an interesting array of workshops for the summer and fall. The classes are free, unless otherwise specified, and held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Pre-register for workshops by contacting Tammy Schirmer at (302) 856-2585, ext. 544 or by email at You can also register online at

Tuesday, August 7, 1:00 p.m. Master Gardener Brent Marsh and friends will host an Insect Safari. Grownups, kids and grandkids will all enjoy this workshop. A lively presentation will be followed in the demonstration garden looking for interesting insects of all varieties. You will be amazed to see the creatures living in our garden, some of them fly, some of them crawl and some of them burrow. Bring the kids or come by yourself.

Tuesday, August 28, 1:00 p.m. Master Gardeners Karen Wilkens and Linda Peters lead a hands-on class making Stepping Stones. Few projects are as practical, useful and kid-friendly as handmade garden stepping-stones. They are easy and inexpensive to make. Limit 20 participants. Fee $3.00

Thursday, September 13, 1:00 p.m. Master Gardener Sandi Dew will teach us how to make Draped Hypertufa. New to hypertufa or looking for new hypertufa project? This is a new, messy and fun adventure making draped hypertufa flowerpots. Limit 14 participants. Fee $15.00. (please register, but receiving payment reserves your spot) Wear old clothes, bring an old bath towel and latex gloves.

Tuesday, September 25, 1:00 p.m. Master Gardener Judy Pfister will lead a program on common Native Plant Seed Harvesting. Workshop will also include propagation including when to harvest, how to dry and store them. We will also discuss testing seeds for viability before planting. Weather permitting, we will go into the demo garden to identify seed heads of fall bloomers and select some seeds for harvesting back in the classroom. Please bring a pair of tweezers and a magnifying glass if you have them.

Tuesday, October 2, 6:30 p.m. Master Gardener Terry Plummer will present a workshop on Landscaping with Native Plants. Make your garden life easier with less watering and less fuss. Plant native trees, shrubs, and perennials for a delightful landscape. Terry will introduce you to a wide variety of native plant materials, that will draw insects and the birds that love to eat them to your garden.

Tuesday, October 16, 1:00 p.m., Woodland Trail Master Gardeners will lead the group along a trail through the woods. The trail invites attendees to enjoy the woods and learn interesting things about trees, soil, and the residents of the woods. The trail is about a 40-minute walk. Wear closed-toe shoes and long-sleeved shirts or jackets.

Tuesday, October 23, 1:00 p.m., Woodland Trail Master Gardeners will lead the group along a trail through the woods. The trail invites school-aged children to enjoy the woods and learn interesting things about trees, soil, and the residents of the woods. The trail is about a 40-minute walk. Children must wear closed-toe shoes and long-sleeved shirts or jackets.

Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m. Master Garden Joe Parish will discuss Bats, an organic choice for insect control. Bats are not just a cute Halloween creature but should become a part of your garden planning. Why not invite some in today.

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. Delaware Cooperative Extension’s policy that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran or handicap status. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.

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

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

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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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.