2014 Weed School goes back to basics

Northeastern SARE is the sponsor of the 2014 Weed School

Northeastern SARE is the sponsor of the 2014 Weed School

Delaware Cooperative Extension as announced has announced its 2014 schedule of Weed School Training to be held at two locations in March. The weed management training will focus on weeds and issues with agronomic crops and commercial vegetables. The training will be conducted by Mark VanGessel, UD Cooperative Extension Weed Specialist and his research and Extension team. The objective of Weed Science School is to train agriculture industry professionals and those who work on weeds frequently. Topics will include weed management concepts and principles.

Mark VanGessel, UD Extension Weed Specialist at the 2013 Weed School

Mark VanGessel, UD Extension Weed Specialist at the 2013 Weed School

Classes start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided and resources will be made available. There is no fee for the training.
CCA credits of 0.5 CEU for Soil & Water and 3.5 CEU for Pest Management; DE and MD Pesticide credits have been requested.

Dates:

March 12, 2014 at the Kent County Extension Office, 69 Transportation Circle Dover, Del.19901

March 14, 2014 at the University of Delaware Research and Education Center Annex (old office building) 16686 County Seat Hwy., Georgetown, Del. 19947

Please pre-register by March 7 with Karen Adams at 302/856-2585 x540.

Training topics will include:

Weed Biology and Identification – 1 hour

This will include a discussion on weed life cycles (annual, biennial, perennial), with a special emphasis on problem weeds or weeds on the rise. Identifying live specimens and learning to use an I.D. key.

Integrated Management: it’s not just about herbicides – 50 minutes

Discuss alternatives to herbicides and non-herbicide practices for effective weed control. Topics to include cover crops, cultivation, cultural practices (row spacing, varieties, fertility).

Herbicides In the Plant: what’s going on in there – 50 minutes

This portion will discuss what happens to the herbicides once it enters the susceptible weeds (MOA) or enters the crop plant (metabolism). How herbicide MOA relates to symptoms observed in the crops will also be presented.

Herbicide Resistant Weeds and Crops: we like one but not the other – 50 minutes

This portion will include a discussion on herbicide resistant crops and weeds in the Northeast. What is the current situation, what is new and what may be coming? Incorporating resistance management strategies into the weed management program will be included.

Herbicides and Soils – 50 minutes

Herbicide interactions with soils will be discussed, including soil degradation and soil adsorption. Unintended movement of herbicides (drift, volatility, surface runoff, and leaching) will also be addressed.

Developing Weed Management Programs – 1 hour

This section will try to bring everything together by developing management scenarios for several cropping systems.

Click here to visit the University of Delaware weed science website

Food Safety Courses for Produce Handlers/Growers

DELAWARE PRODUCE FOOD SAFETY TRAININGS FOR 2014

vegetablesIn 2014, three initial training opportunities will be offered for produce growers on food safety and good agricultural practices and good handling practices (GAP’s and GHP’s) by the Delaware Cooperative Extension.  Training covers microbial food contaminants, outbreaks associated with produce, how produce becomes contaminated, Good Agricultural Practices in the field (water sources; animals, manures, and compost; field sanitation; and worker hygiene) and Good Handling Practices from harvest to sales (packing area sanitation, worker hygiene, storage, handling, and shipping).

For growers who have attended previous trainings, we are having two update sessions which will provide the latest information on produce food safety science, industry actions, audit requirements, and the status of the FDA rule.  A portion of the session will be spent on recommendations for produce wash water disinfection and produce contact surface disinfection.  Recertification credits will be given.

All Sessions will be held at University of Delaware County Extension Offices

New Castle: 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE — Kent: 69 Transportation Circle Dover, DE— Sussex: 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE

 Dates and Locations:

Initial sessions for those who have not attended training in the past:

NEW CASTLE COUNTY – April 3, 6-9 p.m. basic session.  Phone (302) 831-2667 to register.

KENT COUNTY – March 31, 9 a.m.-noon for the basic session with an additional 3 hours for those selling to wholesalers from 12:30-3:30 p.m.  Phone (302) 730-4000 to register

SUSSEX COUNTY – March 27, 6-9 p.m. for the basic session with an additional 3 hour session for those selling to wholesalers on April 1 from 6-9 p.m.   Phone (302) 856-7303 to register.

Update sessions for those that have already attended trainings:

KENT COUNTY – March 25, 9 a.m.-noon   Phone (302) 730-4000 to register.

SUSSEX COUNTY – March 19, 6-9 p.m.  Phone (302) 856-7303 to register.

Extension Vegetable & Fruit Open House August 14

Extension Vegetable & Fruit Program Open House
Wednesday, August 14, 2013    4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947

Come see and hear about many of the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Vegetable and Fruit Program’s field research projects from the 2013 season.

Watermelons: potassium, growth regulators, nitrogen and irrigation, stress mitigation

Sweet Corn: fresh market Bt sweet corn variety trials, processing corn stand reduction

Lima Beans: tillage, stress mitigation, rhizobium inoculants, regrowth cropping, disease resistance breeding, pole, Fordhook and baby lima bean breeding will be discussed

Fruit: blueberries, grapes, blackberries

Other: nitrogen sources, mulch color, processing snap bean crop tillage, onions

We will also have graduate students on hand to discuss their research in these areas: Phytophthora capsici in lima beans, root knot nematodes in lima beans, watermelon fruit set

Dinner featuring local produce will be served.

Sponsored by the Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association of Delaware.

Please pre-register by August 9 by contacting Karen Adams at 302-856-2585 ext. 540 or adams@udel.edu.

2013 Delaware Ag Week information

The 2013 Delaware Agriculture Week Planning Committee is pleased to announce the release of updated information concerning the annual week long focus on Delaware agriculture held in January at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington Delaware Ag Week begins Monday, January 14 to Friday, January 18, 2013. The website includes a detailed daily schedule of the entire week, as well as a pdf of the program booklet.  Click on the image below or visit Delaware Ag Week website at http://sites.udel.edu/delawareagweek.

All of the sessions offered during the week enable attendees to earn continuing credit. Credits appear at the bottom of each session page and may also be indexed by selecting the specific credit category on the right sidebar. The website also features related agriculture events that may be of interest to stakeholders in Delaware agriculture.

Delaware Agriculture week is organized and presented by The University of Delaware College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State University and Delaware Department of Agriculture.

 

UD Extension & Researchers to hold Irrigation Field Day

The University of Delaware Irrigation Program invites farmers, industry and the general public to tour UD’s Warrington Irrigation Research Farm on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 9:00 a.m. UD Irrigation Engineer James Adkins along with Sussex County Agent Cory Whaley and Kent County Agent Phillip Sylvester will present the following:

  • First year experiences with Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI)
    Tour our newly installed 42 zone SDI research facility and discuss the potential of SDI to irrigate previously uneconomical fields.  Join in a candid discussion of the benefits and challenges of SDI in sandy soils and the nuances every farmer should consider before installation.

 

  • The Potential for Variable Rate Center Pivot Irrigation (VRI)
    Discuss the feasibility, practicality and affordability of VRI as a tool to improve irrigation management in highly variable fields.  View a demonstration of the UD 4 tower VRI system and the potential applications of VRI technology outside of irrigation research.

 

  • Soil Moisture Monitoring as a Tool to Refine Irrigation Management
    View many of the various options to monitor soil moisture levels with a discussion of the pros and cons of each option.

 

  • Irrigated Corn, Full Season and Double Soybean Irrigation Research Plots
    Discuss the preliminary results of multi-year irrigation research to improve the yields of irrigated agronomic crops.

Directions: University of Delaware Warrington Irrigation Research Farm is located at the corners of Route 5 and Delaware 290 (Cool Spring Road and Hurdle Ditch Road) just 4 miles south of Harbeson. Signs will be posted. Click map to enlarge.

Map to Warrington Farm – Harbeson, Delaware

 

Delaware Extension takes a close-up look at new noxious weeds for 2012

Palmer amaranth and Texas Panicum added to Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Noxious Weed List

In 2012. two noxious weeds were added to Delaware’s Noxious Weed list – Texas panicum and Palmer amaranth. In an effort to increase awareness of these troublesome and costly weeds, the Delaware Department of Agriculture arranged for a media opportunity to record, interview and photograph resource material at the Thurman G. Adams Research Farm located at the Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown.

The following images were taken on August 31, 2012 by the University of Delaware and may be freely used in media articles or footage or for educational purposes. It is the expressed purpose of media attention to raise awareness and identification of these weeds to benefit Delaware agriculture. Please attribute photos when possible to University of Delaware Cooperative Extension.

“Most growers aren’t aware they have these weeds” VanGessel said.

Because of their rapid growth and aggressive nature, these weeds can overtake fields and can result in a 25% reduction in yields by competing for sun, water and nutrients. If allowed to grow tall, their canopy can create sun blocks for crops.  In some cases, the weeds overtake a field to the level that they are abandoned by the farmer/grower.  Texas panicum and Palmer amaranth now join giant ragweed, Canada thistle, burcucumber, and johnson grass as members of Delaware’s noxious weed list. Weeds are added to the list after careful review of other regions,  evaluation observations by UD and DDA weed specialists and input from Delaware growers. Landscape weeds are not part of the criteria – the six noxious weeds are so named for their impact on production agriculture.

To download photos, double click on the images which will open up in Flickr online photo album. Click on the plus sign on top right of image. Image will open in slideshow or shadowbox mode. Top right click on “view all sizes.”  High resolution and other sizes will be available for download.  Please note, by opening up in full view, captions will be available.


For further information contact Michele Walfred at walfred@udel.edu or (302) 856-7303 x 550.

Delaware Soybean Board & Delaware Cooperative Extension hosts summer soybean tour

 

 

 

 

 

Delaware Soybean Field Day
August 22, 2102
(rain or shine)

Tentative Agenda:

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks & Sponsored Lunch – The Grove, next to Carvel REC

Dr. Mark Isaacs, Director of the Carvel Research & Education Center,
Dr. Michelle Rodgers, Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach and Director of Extension at the University of Delaware,
Kevin Evans, Chairman of Delaware Soybean Board,
Secretary Ed Kee, Delaware Department of Agriculture

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Soybean Checkoff Sponsored Plot Tours – Group Split into Two Groups

Group # 1 remains at Carvel REC, soybean production updates and wagon tour of agronomic, insect and weed plots – University of Delaware Extension

Group # 2 travels to Warrington Irrigation Research Farm (Harbeson, DE) by charter bus. Tour of variable rate irrigation and subsurface irrigation plots – University of Delaware Extension

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Soybean Checkoff Sponsored Plot Tours – Groups Switch Places

Group #1 travels to Warrington Irrigation Research Farm

Group #2 remains at Carvel REC

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Group # 1 returns, wrap-up at Carvel REC

6:00 – ?

Social & Fundraiser including a silent auction for “Save Farm
Families” coordinated by the Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association
Join us for specials on food and beverages at
The Brick Hotel – 18 The Circle, Georgetown

 

Pesticide, Nutrient Management and CCA continuing education credits will be available.

For more information contact Cory Whaley (302) 856-2585 ext 594

 

Registration:

Please contact Karen Adams at (302) 856-2585 x 540. You may also register by eFax at (302) 264-8368 or online at www.desoybeans.org

This event is FREE, but please register by August 15 to help us prepare for meals. Thank you.

 

 

 

Cooperative Extension Weed Science Field Day 2012

Cliff Blessing

Cliff Blessing has been coming to Weed Science Field Days since 1989, back when they were a component of the larger Farm Home Field Day held on the University of Delaware’s Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown. Blessing joined the  Delaware Department of Agriculture that same  year “when they drafted me to work  two days a week,” he recalls. Blessing’s farm in Harrington grows corn, soybean, lima beans, peas, sweet corn, wheat and barley. Since working for the DDA, Blessing has left the general operation of the 2500 acre family farm to his grandson Dale while he works with DDA’s noxious weed program.

“This is the coolest day I can remember,” said Blessing, who recalls a tradition of much hotter field tours. Blessing was one of more than 60 growers, pesticide applicators, crop advisers and agricultural professionals from Maryland and Delaware who attended the June 27 session to obtain new information on various trial results and best practices in crop and weed management.In addition, attendees could receive continuing education credits for Delaware and Maryland  for pesticide applicators and Certified Crop Advisers. are  conveyed to those who attend the day’s tours. The weather cooperated with a perfect day to examine trial results, take resource photographs and exchange information with others in the ag community.

Weed Science Field Day is organized by Mark VanGessel, University of Delaware extension specialist and professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and his team of weed science researchers, Barbara Scott and Quintin Johnson and summer students and interns.

Throughout the year UD Extension and research staff conducts unbiased studies on more than 70 trials (which amount to more than 700 comparisons) most are devoted to key agronomic crops, and evaluate their effectiveness of weed management. Chemical, mechanical and cultural practices are evaluated. Their findings are published in an annual guide of trial results that is made available to attendees and the results serve as the basis for educational programs throughout the year and provide the experience to answer questions from farmers and the agricultural industry.

This year, two new weeds, Palmer Amaranth, Amaranthus palmeri and Texas panicum, Panicum texanum, have been added to Delaware’s noxious weed list along with johnsongrass, Sorghum halepense, Canada thistle, Cirsium arvense, bucurmber, Sicyos angulatus and giant ragweed, Ambrosia trifida.

The goal of Weed Science Field Day is to deliver the latest research to the agricultural community. Communication to the industry is a key component in Delaware’s continued agronomic success and is part of Cooperative Extension’s outreach mission. Many of the plots are identified by signage indicating the particular study and methodology.

At the Thurman G. Adams Research Farm,  trials are conducted with the preemergence and post emergence herbicides to carefully evaluate their effectiveness and their usefulness in Delaware crops. “We have to determine if it has a fit for us in Delaware,” says VanGessel on the application of new products.

Mark VanGessel provides a brief overview of corn trials before growers and CCAs take a closer look

Timing of applications is crucial. VanGessel toured no-till soybean trials and introduced system trials using reduced tillage organic grain production with a three- year rotation of field corn, soybeans & winter wheat. Tilling only once a year, the trials relies on cover crops with high- residue cultivation for weed control. It is  a  joint project with Penn State , USDA,  and NC State.

Also featured was a processing vegetable trial with a range of management strategies  including conventional tillage growing many- on one extreme  placing reliance on legume crops such as, lima beans, snap beans, soybeans in the rotation and in the other extreme using little or no tillage with range of grain crops. Soil health, crop growth and weed control is evaluated in this  trial. The tour then moved onto corn trials.

Blessing enjoyed the information and the camaraderie of Weed Field Day.  As the self-described oldest employee at DDA, Blessing, age 87, plans to retire this year from government service, but not from farming. He intends to return to the family business, Water Way Farms and keep an eye on things from an air conditioned office. No doubt, future participation at events like Weed Science Field Day will be on his active calendar. ” Cooperative Extension does a lot to help keep us in the know. They show us what to do.” Blessing says. “It gives us a lot to go by.”

Additional photos of the 2012 Weed Science Field Day can be found below.