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Agronomist-Entomologist Presentations 2017

This website provides an opportunity for those unable to attend the presentations of the candidates to view the videos and provide feedback on the candidates.

Videos for the Agronomy Position will be available by Noon on Friday, May 12 until Sunday, May 21, please view the videos of the Extension Agronomist candidates and post your comments on the candidates.

Videos for the Entomology Position will be available after May 24 for approximately one week.

Videos are approximately 1 hr. Please also leave comments for each of the candidates after viewing their presentations.

Agronomy candidates
Dr. Jarrod Miller  Video  Comments
Dr. Ramdeo Seepaul  Video  Comments
Dr. Nicole Fiorellino  Video  Comments

 

Entomology candidates
Dr. David Owens  Video  Comments
Dr. Jaime Pinero  Video  Comments
Dr. Arturo Goldarazena  Video  Comments

 

Irrigation Field Day – Wednesday August 20, 2014

University of Delaware Irrigation Field Day – CORRECTION

The University of Delaware College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Delaware Cooperative Extension will hold an Irrigation Field Day on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Warrington Irrigation Research Farm located on the corners of Route 5 and DE 290 Cool Spring Road/Hurdle Ditch Road, just 4 miles south of Harbeson, Del. (Signs will be posted.)

The program invites farmers, industry professionals and the general public to tour UD’s Warrington Irrigation Research Farm. UD personnel will be sharing their latest irrigation research findings:

  • Irrigated Corn, Wheat, Full Season and Double Crop  Soybean Irrigation Research Plots
  • Experiences with Subsurface Drip Irrigation for Agronomic Crops (SDI)
  • Soil Moisture Monitoring as a Tool to Refine Irrigation Management
  • Variable Rate Center Pivot Irrigation (VRI)

For more information contact Karen Adams at 302-856-2585 ext.  540

Research Sponsored by DNREC, Delaware Soybean Board, MD Grain Producers, NRCS and Vincent Farms

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Please disregard previous press release referencing a September 19, 2014 date.

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.

Blueberries could be small wonder for Delaware

Move over Maine, the First State has its eye on blueberries as a production crop.

UD Extension Researcher Emmalea Ernest in the middle of a multi-year study on blueberries for Delaware

UD Extension Researcher Emmalea Ernest in the middle of a multi-year study on blueberries for Delaware

Blueberries,Vaccinium corymbosum,  the tiny sweet blue fruits touted for their health benefits are a favorite among fruit lovers and health conscious people. With consumer demand trending toward buying local, blueberries could be a no-brainer bonanza for the First State. For Delaware to do it right, knowing the best varieties to plant and growing conditions for commercial production is essential.

At the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and beyond, Emmalea Ernest is informally known as “the lima bean lady” in part for her research efforts to build a better lima bean, a vegetable crop that has enjoyed success and prominence in Delaware.

An Extension agent and fruit and vegetable researcher, based at UD’s Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center,Ernest works closely with her colleague, Gordon Johnson,  Vegetable and Fruit Extension Specialist.  Ernest’s efforts have focused on evaluating varieties of crops that can be grown in Delaware for commercial production. Though lima bean breeding remains her specialty and area of doctoral study, Ernest also conducts trials of sweet corn, lettuce, watermelon, pole beans and for the third year in a row, blueberries are part of her research repertoire.

“Not a lot of Delaware acreage is devoted to blueberries at present,” Ernest explains, “but there is a lot of interest from growers.” Ernest’s research will provide valuable information on what varieties produce the best yield and taste for success in Delaware.

In its third year of research, blueberry varieties on this half an acre research plot were allowed to bear fruit

In its third year of research, blueberry varieties on this half an acre research plot were allowed to bear fruit

Since 2011, rows of blueberries-in waiting occupy approximately a third of an acre at the Thurman G. Adams Agricultural Research Farm part of  Carvel’s 344 acre complex. In all,  each of 23 blueberry varieties, with names like Aurora, Sweetheart, Star, Reka, and Chandler, to name only a few, are part of the large, multi-year study. In addition to the Carvel site, Ernest is conducting variety trials and other studies in collaboration with Hail Bennett, of  Bennett Orchards in Frankford.

In the first two years, Ernest and her “veggie team” have been pinching off the flower blossoms, preventing fruit production.

Stopping blossoms from progressing into blueberries allows the plant to become fully and firmly established. This summer, the third year of research has been the charm, or at least a change for the senses. Now, they will see and taste the fruit of their labors.

Ernest refers to her crop as “my blueberries” but she is willing to share their various shapes, sizes and flavors, as well as give  credit to her team of interns and UD colleagues for the hard work. This summer, the study will benefit from volunteer Master Gardeners who will help harvest the 275-plus bushes as they ripen. Size, weight, color, taste and overall health will be logged in and evaluated. While she is curious to receive feedback from others about their taste and texture, Ernest’s trials currently concentrate on the results of soil amendments, mulching techniques and specific variety’s response to Delaware’s seasons and weather conditions.  The varieties reach their peak at different times in the summer, important knowledge that will help growers to expand their production over several months.

Star blueberries, one of 23 varieties grown on the research plot were among the first to ripen

Star blueberries, one of 23 varieties grown on the research plot were among the first to ripen and are among the largest of varieties

Blueberries are relatively disease free Ernest explains, and while her research plot has yet to be picked off by birds, she anticipates they will be a major issue for the crop. Currently, uncovered, Ernest says there are plans to enclose the entire trial area with a trellis covered by one large net.

Also working closely with Ernest is Extension IPM Specialist Joanne Whalen, who monitors the plots for the presence of  spotted-wing drosophila, a potential, pesky fruit fly for the crop.  The best bird netting won’t stop visits from fruit flies, however.  If the presence of the spotted-wing becomes more of an issue, Extension experts will seek to find a solution to the pest.

Aurora II

Aurora variety not yet fully ripe on a mid-June afternoon

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As they near perfect harvest conditions, blueberries will plump up as they turn blue. Varieties run from sweet to slightly tart, and vary in size.

 

On its way to being fully ripe, this variety displays a variety of color

On its way to being fully ripe, this variety displays a patriotic splash of red, white and the final blue

As the berries turn from green to blue and violet, they are picked and weighed from each bush.  Taste tests at this stage are informal, with Carvel’s staff serving as willing taste critics.

Three different experiments are being conducted at the trial site. In addition to the variety trial, the team is evaluating blueberries’ response to various soil and mulches that she and her team apply.

Blueberries are traditionally planted with peat moss under the root, Ernest explains. They are evaluating less-costly alternatives. Materials being tested include pine bark fines, waste silage, composted saw dust horse bedding, chipped-up construction waste wood, and for control, no amendments at all. Mulching materials include the same list of ingredients, and also chopped corn stalks. The ongoing results are published in a vegetable and small fruit blog she and Gordon Johnson maintain,  and articles also appear in the Weekly Crop Update.

What mulches work best? Emmalea Ernest will study various mulching materials to determine what works best for Delaware blueberries

What mulches work best? Emmalea Ernest will study various mulching materials to determine what works best for Delaware blueberries

 

“Blueberries like wet conditions,” Ernest said, acknowledging that a very wet June has been good for the blueberry’s first year of production.’They’ve been very happy this summer,” Ernest says. “They do well in bog-like conditions, but they aren’t an aquatic plant,” she cautions.

Ernest plans to collect data for several more years before being comfortable making recommendations to area growers.  Conducting successful variety trials, soil amendment studies and mulching recommendations can only be executed across an array of conditions and time. It is exacting work where patience is a virtue. Ernest, ever the scientist, is nonetheless excited about the prospects of bigger and better blueberry crops in Delaware. “I think people will get more excited about them than lima beans,” Ernest admits, and she’s probably right. “I have no shortage of people offering to eat them.”

 

 

2013 Healthy Brain Lifestyle program on March 14 at Carvel

Download the flyer for the March 14 event: Age Proofing Your Brain!

The brain is one of the largest organs in the body and exercising and keeping the brain fit is crucial to our quality of life.  Young, old or in between it is never too late to challenge our brain and allow it to work at peak capacity.

Local audience listening to a Healthy Brain Lifestyle program

A 2011 audience listens to a Healthy Brain Lifestyle program

Practicing a brain healthy lifestyle not only enhances overall health by promoting exercise and nutrition, it asks the brain to work in new ways and helps to prevent diseases that may manifest in our more mature years.  Researchers are continuing to discover new pathways of prevention and unlocking the mysteries behind this fascinating control center of the human body.

For the past three years, Anne Camasso, Family & Consumer Science Educator, with the University of Delaware’s Sussex County office of Cooperative Extension, has partnered with RSVP Sussex, the Cordrey Center and the Sussex County office of the Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, to bring this programming to residents of Sussex County.  This year’s program titled Age Proofing Your Brain will be offered on Thursday, March 14 at the University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown.  To download copies of the informational flyer go to http://www.extension.udel.edu  or call the RSVP Sussex office at 302-856-5815 to register.

2013 dates for ServSafe, Dine Safe announced by Sussex County Cooperative Extension

Is the food you are eating prepared safely? Knowledgeable, well-trained staff equals customer confidence!

The University of Delaware Sussex County Cooperative Extension office in Georgetown will offer two different levels of food safety courses, ServSafe® and Dine Safe in 2013. Workshops will be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown. Both ServSafe® and Dine Safe are appropriate for any individual who works for the food industry (restaurant, church cafeteria, school) or who handles, prepares and serves food to the public.

Food safety in a food service establishment is non-negotiable; each year, an estimated 6 to 12 million Americans contract a food-borne illness as a result of micro-organism contamination. These illnesses are preventable. Proper training is the key to preparing food in a safe environment.

Dr. Anne Camasso, Family & Consumer Science educator for Sussex Cooperative Extension,  is a certified ServSafe instructor and a registered ServSafe proctor.  She teaches both ServSafe and Dine Safe at the Carvel Facility in Georgetown.  Camasso said employee instruction in food safety practices is not only vital, but makes good business sense.

“With all the information about food borne illnesses in the news today people want to make sure they get the best for their money, restaurants who can demonstrate that they have done all in their power to provide safe, as well as tasty food, have a better chance of bringing in the business, ” says Camasso. “If someone from your restaurant takes either of these classes, post a copy of their certificate in your facility so show your patrons that you care.”

ServSafe logo 2012

The ServSafe® program is the premiere food safety certification offered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). The program is designed for the food-service professional.

A ServSafe® certificate from the NRAEF will be awarded to individuals who complete the course and receive a passing grade on the written exam.  The cost of $150 for the course covers the training, textbook, lunch, and certification examination from the NRAEF. A reduced course fee of $130 is available for three or more registrants from one establishment. A ServSafe certification is valid for five years and is nationally recognized.

Delaware Dine Safe is a three hour short course designed to focus on the basic principles of food safety and handling. Each participant receives a training guide with the information covered in the program. The instructor will use presentations and hands-on activities to reinforce the lessons taught. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

The Dine Safe training concentrates on five food service topics: Food Safety; Ensuring Proper Personal Hygiene; Purchasing, Receiving and Storing Foods; Preparing Cooking and Serving Food; and Cleaning and Sanitizing. The Dine Safe short course is $25. Dine Safe can be scheduled at a business location provided there are at least 10 employees enrolled.

It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin. If you have special needs, please advise the office upon registering.

Below is the course schedule and contact numbers:

ServSafe® will be taught on:

  • Tues., April 16, 2013
  • Thurs. June 20, 2013
  • Tues., Sept. 17, 2013

All  ServSafe® classes are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Deadlines to register for ServSafe® are approximately three weeks prior to class date, in order for student to obtain and study materials for the national exam.

Dine Safe ($25) will be offered on:

  • Wed., Feb.13, 2013. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Tues., May 21, 2013.  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wed., Sept.10,2013. The class runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

There is no exam for Dine Safe.

For a full listing of all food safety classes county and statewide and to download registration forms please visit our food safety website at http://extension.udel.edu/fcs/food-safety/  For more information contact Kim Lewis at 302-856-2585 ext 542.

Child care credits, accepted by the Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing are available with both courses. Please notify us at registration if you will require a OCCL certificate.

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