The Culinary Herbal: Growing and Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs

Tuesday, March 15     6:30 p.m.
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE

Dr. Arthur Tucker, Emeritus Professor of Delaware State University, will discuss his new book, The Culinary Herbal: Growing and Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs. Good cooks know that nothing beats fresh-clipped herbs. The gorgeously photographed Culinary Herbal, by herb experts Art Tucker and Susan Belsinger, highlights 97 delicious varieties—like black cumin, fenugreek, lemon balm, and sassafras—that you’ll want to grow, whether you’re a gardener who loves to cook or the cook who loves to garden. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and can be signed by the author.

The workshops will be held at the . Pre-registration is required. You may register online or contact Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585, ext 544

MORE Workshops offered – Please see the website at

2016 Horticulture Short Courses

For the complete list of 2016 courses go to:



Tree Identification Walk
April 19     4:30-6 p.m.     NEW DATE
Delaware State University Campus
1200 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE Washington Building near the Herbarium (additional details will be provided following registration)

Cost: $15

Credits: 1 Pest., 2 ISA, 1 CNP
Come prepared to walk around the Delaware State University TREE CAMPUS USA – Arboretum as we exam the growing characteristics of nearly 178 different tree/shrub species (of which 70 are native to Delaware) established at this location. Discover common insect and disease issues found in the urban landscape. Instructors: Dot Abbott and Megan Pleasanton

Register with Jan Unflat (302) 730-4000 or

Pest and Beneficial Insect Walks
June 8     4:00 -6:00 p.m.
Sussex County Extension Office
16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE

Register with Tracy Wootten (302) 856-7303 or


June 22     4:00 -6:00 p.m.
University of Delaware Botanic Gardens
531 S College Avenue, Newark, DE
(Meet at the entrance to Fischer Greenhouse.)

Register with Carrie Murphy (302) 831-2506 or

Cost: $15
Credits: 2 Pest., 2 ISA,1 CNP
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, Tracy Wootten, and Megan Pleasanton

Plant Identification – Herbaceous Plants
June, 29     4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
University of Delaware Botanic Gardens
531 S College Avenue, Newark, DE

Cost: $15
Credits: 1 Pest., 1 CNP
Learn to identify some of the great herbaceous plants used in the landscape. We will cover the common disease and insect pests of each and strategies for incorporating into the landscape. Meet at UDBG Herbaceous Garden. Instructors: Valann Budischak and Sue Barton

Register with Carrie Murphy (302) 831-2506 or

Landscape Weed Walk
July 7      4:00-5:30 p.m.
University of Delaware Botanic Gardens
531 S College Avenue, Newark

Cost: $15
Credits: 1 Pest., 1 CNP
Learn to identify several common landscape weeds found in turf and flower beds during the spring. We will also discuss management. Meet at the entrance to Fischer Greenhouse.  Instructors: Brian Kunkel and Susan Barton

Register with Carrie Murphy (302) 831-2506 or

Disease and Insect Identification Workshop
July 13, 4-6 pm
Townsend Hall, 531 S College Avenue, Newark, Room 012 Townsend Hall

Cost: $15
Credits: 2 Pest., 2 ISA,1 CNP
Learn what signs and symptoms the Extension Specialists use to identify pests and diseases! Tips and techniques will be shared. Fresh and preserved specimens will be available to look at using hand lenses and microscopes. Instructors: Nancy Gregory and Brian Kunkel

Register with Carrie Murphy (302) 831-2506 or

Produce Marketing Workshop – Selling Through the Laurel Farmers’ Auction Market

Monday, March 28, 2016     6:00-9:00 p.m.
University of Delaware
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE

The Laurel Farmers’ Auction Market is expanding and is seeking to recruit new produce growers and to encourage existing growers in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland to sell through the auction.

This workshop will highlight opportunities and resources provided by the Laurel Farmers’ Auction. The session will include information on produce that buyers are looking for, scheduling production, harvesting and handling, grading, packing, and transport. There will be hands-on activities showing best grading and packing methods. Auction procedures such as dates and hours of operation, delivery/drop off, identification of lots, selling areas, selling methods, and payments will also be discussed. Workshops at the auction are being planned during the growing season.

Contact Karen Adams at (302) 856-7303 or to register.


September 20-22, 2016
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Virginia Beach, VA

The 7th National Small Farm Conference, “Creating and Sustaining Small Farmers and Ranchers,” will be hosted by Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This conference will consist of short courses, oral and poster paper presentations, exhibits, success stories and educational tours in and around Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bay.

Successes in small farm activities will be shared, as well as innovative ideas in research, extension and outreach to strengthen collaboration and partnership among state specialists who work to ensure that small farmers and ranchers not only survive, but thrive in today’s economy. This conference will also serve as a forum to discuss the results of research geared towards addressing challenges facing small farmers and ranchers. Strengthening partnerships created at the six previous National Small Farm Conferences will continue to be a priority for the Virginia Beach meeting.

More information and registration at:

Free Webinars in March, Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture

3/9: Hiring and Firing Practices – This webinar will outline how to protect your operation with efficient hiring practices and tools such as background checks, employee handbooks and more. Alternatively, the webinar will also go over the correct course of action when firing an employee and help to ease any issues that may arise during the process.

3/23: Estimating and Tracking Production Costs – The ability to effectively estimate and track production costs is essential to farm business decision making. This session will discuss methods for estimating costs and how to manage expenses.

To register:

Webinars begin at noon EST. Duration is approximately 1 hour. For optimal performance we suggest using Internet Explorer as your web browser and connecting via Ethernet connection instead of wireless (wireless will work, but a hard line is more stable)

See website for more information and other upcoming topics:

If you do not have access to high speed internet and would like to participate in one of the above webinars, contact Tracy Wootten at

Free Herbicide Site of Action Chart

Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Specialist;

Using herbicides with different sites of action is important to deal with herbicide resistant weeds, but knowing sites of action can be challenging. A colorful reference chart on herbicide site of action is available free of charge at the Delaware Cooperative Extension offices. This chart is specific for common herbicides used in the Mid-Atlantic States for agronomic and vegetable crops.

The Mid-Atlantic chart was customized from one developed for the Mid-West States and designed it collaboration with the Delaware Soybean Board and the US Soybean Board. It is part of the US Soybean Board’s “Take Action: herbicide-resistance management” campaign.

Insecticide Updates

Joanne Whalen, Extension IPM Specialist;

EPA’s Notice of Intent to Cancel the Insecticide Flubendiamide
On March 1, 2016, the EPA issued a notice of intent to cancel all flubendiamide products. More information can be found at

Sulfloxaflor – Final Cancellation Order
On November 12, 2015, EPA issued a cancellation order for all previously registered sulfloxaflor products. More information can be found at:

EPA Proposes to Revoke Chlorpyrifos Food Residue Tolerances
On October 30, 2015, EPA issued a proposal to revoke all U.S. tolerances for chlorpyrifos. More information can be found at

New Mid-Atlantic Field Crop Weed Management Guide

Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Specialist;

There is a new “Mid-Atlantic Field Crop Weed Management Guide” developed by weed specialist from Penn State, Univ. of Delaware, Univ. of Maryland, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia Univ. The 240-page guide covers corn, sorghum, soybean, small grains, and hay and pastures. The guides includes information on commonly used herbicides for these crops, including relative effectiveness for burndown, preemergence, and postemergence control of most of the common weeds in the region. There are tables on premixes and what is included in the premixes, and a section on management of problem weeds. The guide is available in the Delaware county offices for $15 or can be ordered on-line at Available on-line are the printed copies for $20 + shipping; an enhanced pdf copy for use on computers and tablets for $10 or both a hard copy and pdf for $25 + shipping. A free low resolution pdf is available at Note the low resolution version is not “searchable”.

Glory Herbicide Registered for ALS-Resistant Chickweed Control in Small Grains

Mark VanGessel, Extension Weed Specialist;

Delaware Department of Agriculture and MANA (Makhteshim Agan of North America) have approved a state label (24c) for use of Glory herbicide for winter wheat and barley. The active ingredient is metribuzin, formulated as a 75% DF. GLORY herbicide was requested for control of ALS-resistant chickweed. Glory is the only formulation of metribuzin with this special label in DE.

In addition to common chickweed, UD Weed Science has also had encouraging results with control of corn speedwell, henbit, and knawel when applied to weeds 3 inches or less. Injury has been a concern with metribuzin so we looked at metribuzin applied in the fall and two timings in the spring. Early-spring (early-March) applications caused some leaf burn on certain varieties, but injury was transient and no yield reduction was observed in three years of our trials. Late spring applications (first week of April) caused leaf burn, as well as some stunting and reduced yields in one of the three years.

Application timing is from 2 leaf stage of the small grain until jointing; and rate is dependent on crop stage, refer to label.

GLORY may be tank mixed with Axial, Harmony, Harmony Extra, 2,4-D, MCPA, Banvel/Clarity, Osprey, or Powerflex herbicides. A nonionic surfactant containing at least 80% active ingredient may be used in GLORY tank mixes. Do not use a crop oil concentrate or methylated seed oil (MSO) or any adjuvant containing vegetable or petroleum oils as crop injury may result. Use only water as the carrier, do not apply in nitrogen.

Precautions from the Glory label:

  • Do not use on soils containing less than 0.75% organic matter.
  • On irrigated cereals, do not apply more than 0.5 inch of water for the first irrigation. The maximum amount for each additional irrigation should not exceed 1 inch. Allow a minimum of 14 days between the first irrigation and subsequent irrigations.

Risk of crop injury can increase when applications are made:

  1. when the crop is under stress such as winterkill, frost damage, disease, drought or excessive moisture, severe grazing, or when these conditions follow the application;
  2. in combination with fluid fertilizer especially with the addition of surfactant;
  3. prior to the growth stage specified on this label;
  4. to soils high in lime or sodium, a pH greater than 7.7, calcareous, gravelly, thinly covered, or exposed subsoil areas;
  5. to fields where cereal seeds have been planted less than 1 inch deep;
  6. to a sensitive wheat or barley variety; and
  7. to frozen soil or crop still in winter dormancy.


Crop rotations range from 4 to 18 months. Refer to the label for rotations.