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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.

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 http://www.desoybeans.org

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

 

 

 

Subsurface irrigation is researched at Warrington Farms

The benefits and efficacy of subsurface irrigation, an alternative to the more common Center Pivot system, is being evaluated by researchers and scientists at the University of Delaware. At the 18-acre Warrington Farm in Harbeson, James Adkins, UD irrigation scientist, has overseen the installation of 44 different zones of irrigation tape placed under the soil 16 inches deep and 30 inches apart on the farm. One row of subsurface irrigation tape will irrigate two rows of crops. The irregular shape and different soil compositions at the farm make it an ideal subject for subsurface irrigation research. Corn and soybean are grown on the farm.

View our slideshow to watch as this innovative system is put in place. Note, opening and playing the slideshow in Flickr and selecting Show Options, will provide captions.

UD Extension short course on Pest and Beneficial Insects – June 26, 2012

June 26      6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.    Cost:  $10
Sussex County Extension Office, 16483 County Seat Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947
Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM )in your business?  Correct I.D. is key to control of pests in the landscape.
Enhance your skills at identifying both beneficial insects and pests in the landscape.

Instructors: Brian Kunkel and Tracy Wootten

 

To Register: Any County Extension Office

         302-831-2506; cjmurphy@udel.edu

         302-730-4000;carolm@udel.edu

         302-856-7303; wootten@udel.edu   

 

                     Hope you can join us!

 

  2 Pesticide, (Categ. 03,02, 06), and 1 CNP Credits

Cooperative Extension to hold Weed Science Field Day on Wed. June 27

Anyone with an interest in weed management is invited to  this year’s Weed Field Day at UD.  A variety of herbicide programs for conventional tillage and no-till production are being evaluated.  Many of the registered corn and soybean herbicides are being tested, herbicide evaluation for watermelons, weed control programs for snap and lima beans, and a number of studies with traditional soybean herbicide programs are included.  We have been fortunate with the weather to have all of the postemergence treatments applied to our corn and most soybean trials.  We will have more to view this year than we have had in the recent past.

 

The 2012 Weed Science Field Day will be held Wednesday, June 27, at the University of Delaware Research and Education Center, Route 9 (16483 County Seat Highway), Georgetown,.  The day will begin with registration at 8:15 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 a.m.  Coffee, juices, and donuts will be provided.  We will also provide sandwiches for lunch.

Continuing education credits for Pesticide Applicators and Certified Crop Advisors will be available.

Here are some images from 2011 Weed Science Field Day

 

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