Assistance Available to Agricultural Producers Through the Conservation Stewardship Program

Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation. NRCS plans to enroll up to 10 million acres in CSP in 2018.

While applications for CSP are accepted year round, applications must be received by March 2, 2018 to be considered for this funding period.

Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat – all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land. CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications, on-site carbon storage and planting for high carbon sequestration rate, and new soil amendments to improve water quality.

Some of these benefits of CSP include:
•          Increased crop yields;
•          Decreased inputs;
•          Wildlife population improvements; and
•          Better resilience to weather variables.

NRCS recently made several updates to the program to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits to their operations and natural resources. New methods and software for evaluating applications help producers see up front why they are or are not meeting stewardship thresholds, and allow them to pick practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives. These tools also enable producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process.

Producers interested in CSP are encouraged to contact their local USDA service center. In Delaware’s Sussex County, call 302-856-3990, ext. 3; in Kent County, call 302-741-2600, ext. 3; and in New Castle County, call 302-832-3100, ext. 3. Or visit the Conservation Stewardship Program page for more information.

2018 Insect Pest & Weed Management in Grain Crops

Tuesday, February 13, 2018     6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

UD Kent County Ext. Office (Paradee Bldg.)
69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE

This session will include a review of new and re-emerging pests in grain crops. Topics include problem insect pests and weeds encountered in 2017 and new pests to watch for in 2018. Current research and demonstration projects will be discussed. UD speakers include Bill Cissel, Extension IPM Agent; David Owens, Extension Entomologist; and Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Science Specialist.

A light dinner will be served. DE pesticide credits available.

To register please call (302) 730-4000 or email jmunflat@udel.edu by February 9.

Herbicide Resistant Weed Workshop

Topics:
• Overview of weed resistance challenges
• Focusing on palmer amaranth, common ragweed, marestail and others!
• Integrated management strategies
• Current research findings from area research trials

Speakers:
Dr. Michael Flessner, Virginia Tech
Dr. Mark VanGessel, University of Delaware
Ben Beale, UME St. Mary’s Co.
Matt Morris, UME Frederick Co.
MD and DE Pesticide and CCA credits will be offered for this workshop!

For More Information Contact:
Ben Beale at 301-475-4481 or Matt Morris at 301-600-3578

This event is FREE and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at one of the phone numbers below to provide an accurate meal count. 

Five Locations:

Hebron, Maryland
February 15, 2018     1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Rockawalkin Community Hall
6772 Rockawalkin Rd, Hebron, MD 21830.
To register, call the Wicomico County Extension Office: (410) 749-6141

Chestertown, Maryland
February 16, 2018     8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company
211 Maple Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620
To register, call the Kent County UME Office at 410-778-1661

Leonardtown, Maryland
February 22, 2018     12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s County UME Office
26737 Radio Station Way, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
To register, call the St. Mary’s County UME Office at 301-475-4484

Harrington, Delaware
February 22, 2018     8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Harrington Volunteer Fire Company
20 Clark St, Harrington, DE 19952.
To register, call UD Carvel Center, Cooperative Extension Office at 302-856-7303

Frederick, Maryland
February 23, 2018     8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Frederick County UME Office
330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 20712.
To register, call the Frederick County UME Office at 301-600- 3576

The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all and will not discriminate against any one because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

Vegetable Trial Reports and Crop Budgets Online

Emmalea Ernest, Associate Scientist – Vegetable Crops; emmalea@udel.edu

Variety trial reports from 2017 trials on snap beans, watermelons, processing peppers, baby limas and Fordhook limas have been posted online at: http://extension.udel.edu/ag/vegetable-fruit-resources/vegetable-small-fruits-program/variety-trial-results/.

Updated crop enterprise budgets for processing and fresh market vegetables have been posted online at: http://extension.udel.edu/ag/vegetable-fruit-resources/vegetable-small-fruits-program/research-reports-fact-sheets/vegetable-crop-budgets-irrigation-cost-calculators/

Soybean Pest Presence Field Survey

David Owens, Extension Entomologist, owensd@udel.edu

This year the ag entomology team will be conducting a soybean pest survey in fields throughout the state. Fields will be surveyed weekly for arthropod and slug pests. I am looking for fields with any of the following characteristics: full season fields with and without insecticide seed treatment, full season fields with and without cover crops, double crop soybean, soybean that was planted in soybean last year, OR fields with a history of Dectes stem borer. I know it is still a bit early, but if you have or are planning to have a soybean field with one or more of these characteristics and wouldn’t mind us visiting weekly, please contact me at owensd@udel.edu or (302) 698-7125 (cell) or (302) 856-2585 ext 574 (office). This project is only possible with your support, and what we see in fields will inform the content of 2018 agronomic insect pest updates on the Weekly Crop Update. Thanks!

“From the Ground Up” Community & School Garden Event

Saturday, February 24, 2018     9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Carvel Research & Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, Delaware

Are you a school or community looking to create a new garden or enhance an existing garden? If so, don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from and interact with Cooperative Extension experts, industry leaders and garden enthusiasts as we present essential best practices for creating and maintaining a successful community garden for your school, town or organization!

Details here.

For more information email Tammy Schirmer at tammys@udel.edu or call 302-858-2585 ext 544.

Recent Delaware Agronomy Blog Posts

Jarrod O. Miller, Extension Agronomist, jarrod@udel.edu

There are two new posts on the blog for January. Email Jarrod Miller (Jarrod@udel.edu) if you see anything interesting in your fields this winter you would like addressed.

What’s the Deal with Soil Health? http://sites.udel.edu/agronomy/2018/01/13/whats-the-deal-with-soil-health/

Freezing Temperatures and Topsoil Compaction: http://sites.udel.edu/agronomy/2018/01/12/freezing-temperatures-and-topsoil-compaction/

February & March 2018 Nutrient Management Certification Sessions

If you apply nutrients to 10 or more acres of land or have 8 or more animal units (an animal unit is equal to 1000 lbs of live weight) you need to be certified through the Nutrient Management Program.

The following is a brief summary of your certification needs:

  • Sessions should be taken in order. For example, you should attend Session I before attending Session II. 
  • Poultry growers that do not land-apply nutrients (manure or fertilizer) will need to attend Session I and Session II.
  • Grain, forage or vegetable producers that apply nutrients to crops will need to attend Session I, Session II and Session III.
  • Golf course personnel that apply nutrients only to their employer’s course need to attend Session I, Session II and Session III.
  • Lawn care company personnel that apply nutrients to clients lawns need to attend Session I, Session II, Session III and Session IV: Commercial Nutrient Handler
  • Livestock owners (cattle, horses and sheep) who do not land apply manure need to attend Session I and Session II

 

The University of Delaware will offer the following Nutrient Management certification sessions.

Session I Location
 

February 28, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

 

February 28, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Session II Location
 

March 7, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

 

March 7, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Session III Location
 

March 14, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

 

March 14, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Session IV: Commercial Nutrient Handler Location
 

March 21, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Session IV: Nutrient Consultant Location
 

March 21, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Commercial Nutrient Handler Exam Location
 

February 2, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

 

March 28, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

Nutrient Consultant Exam Location
 

February 2, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

 

March 28, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Kent County Cooperative Extension Paradee Center

69 Transportation Road Dover, Delaware 19901

You will NOT be able receive continuing education credits by attending these sessions.

To register for the sessions contact the Kent County Cooperative Extension Office at 302-730-4000.

 

Additional dates for later in 2018 are listed at: http://extension.udel.edu/ag/nutrient-management/delaware-nutrient-management-certification-sessions/

2018 Delaware Beginning Farmer Program

The Delaware Beginning Farmer Program is for new and beginner farmers working in small-scale vegetable and/or fruit production. Through hands-on training, demonstrations, workshops, field trips and farm tours, as well as self–study, growers will spend an entire growing season learning and growing with Delaware Cooperative Extension, and other invited agriculture industry professionals. Although not limited to the following topics, this training will explore the fundamentals of soil fertility and health, basic crop production, integrated pest management, food safety, business planning and development, and provide an excellent networking opportunity.

Topics

Business Plan/Mission Statement

Soil Health » Composting, Cover crops

Variety Selection » Seeding, Crop budget, Crop rotation

IPM » Insect, Disease, Weed

Irrigation/Tillage Equipment

Marketing

Crop/Season Extension » Post-harvest, Safety

Program Dates

Tuesday, February 20, 6-8pm
Saturday, February 24, 9-11am
Wednesday, March 21, 6-8pm
Saturday, March 24, 9-11am
Wednesday, April 18, 6-8pm
Saturday, April 21, 9-11am
Wednesday, May 16, 6-8pm
Saturday, May 19, 6-8pm

Registration information is online HERE

or contact Carrie Murphy (cjmurphy@udel.edu) or Dan Severson – (severson@udel.edu) (302) 831-COOP

If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.