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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

Extension to teach National ServSafe food safety course in September, 2013

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 September, 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., Sept. 24, 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., 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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In August Master Gardeners offer workshops on hostas, insect safari

 

Sussex County Master Gardeners will offer two workshops in August.  On Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m., Master Gardener Vickie Thompson will conduct a workshop on hostas.  Learn about these easy-to-grow, shade-loving perennials known for their beautiful foliage.  See examples of several different colors, sizes and leaf styles.  Also, become familiar with the many uses for this plant in containers and in the landscape.  There will be information on how to plant and care for hostas and what to do when insects or disease attack.

You just have to look! You might encounter a Fritillary butterfly in the garden!

You just have to look! You might encounter a Fritillary butterfly in the garden!

Grownups, kids and grand kids will enjoy a workshop scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m., “You Just Have To Look for Butterflies and Other Interesting Creatures in the Garden.”  A lively presentation and a storyteller will lead up to a jungle safari through the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden. Bring the children or come by yourself.

Both workshops will be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, Del.  You must pre-register by contacting Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585, ext 544, tammys@udel.edu.  or http://extension.udel.edu/lawngarden/. These workshops are free. Come early or stay late to enjoy the Demonstration Garden behind the building.

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. It is Delaware Cooperative Extension’s policy that that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran or handicap status. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.

 

 

 

Sussex Master Gardeners announce winter-spring workshops series for 2013

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Community & School Garden Information Event     register online    Thank you!
Saturday, February 9, 2013, 9 a.m. to noon
Information session designed for educators, community members  and gardeners starting or maintaining a community or school garden.

Houseplant Care     register online
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013  7 p.m. Conference Room 3
Presented by Fran Meehan.
Bring your tired, your sick or your just plain lousy looking house plants for a little TLC!   The class will diagnose and help solve your specific plant problems and then cover general house plant growing concerns. We will have an abundance of information available to help you grow beautiful indoor gardens.

Plants with Winter Interest in Your Garden     register online
Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Presented by Eddie Filmyr and Gayle August.   Noon. Conference Room 3.
Presenters will share through photographs and discussion a selection of shrubs, trees and perennials that are stars in gardens in winter. A plant list will be provided for you to use to plan additions to you garden. Come learn and enjoy! 

Tools & Tips    register online
Tuesday, March 12, 1 p.m. Conference Room 3.
Presented by Ingrid Hetfield.
The right tool for the right gardening job makes your outdoor work a breeze. How to select tools for your particular garden, from the houseplant corner to the tree- shaded lot, and all the growing things between, and information on sharpening and maintenance of your hand tools.

Soil Test, Taking the Tests, Using the Results   register online
Presented  Tracy Mulveny
Tuesday, March 26, 2013. 30,  7 p.m.  Demonstration Garden
Learn about soil tests, why you should do one, how to and then how to use the results.

MAHVELOUS Moss   register online
Presented by Mary Hall
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 1 p.m.
Got moss? Instead of trying to get rid of it, come learn about all of its advantages and the benefits of having it in your landscape. We’ll also discuss its environmental needs and care, companion plantings, and show examples of ways to use magical, mahvelous moss.

The Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden    register online
Presented by  Members of the Garden Committee
Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Noon.
A panel discussion with some of the gardeners responsible for the demonstration garden The discussion will focus on the successes and failures in the garden last year and the plans for the coming gardening season

Growing Healthy Snacks    register online
Presented by Ana Dittel and Linda Peters
Wednesday, May 15, 2013.  7 p.m.
Learn about the nutrition values in small fruits and vegetables that can easily be grown in your garden, how to grow them, and a few recipes to try.

Hypertufa    register online
Thursday, June 13 and June 20, 2013.  Limit 20 Participants    Cost $15
Presented by  Jackie McPeake  
Hypertufa is a mixture of cement, sand and water, formed into a mold to make a container for a plant or a garden ornament (mushroom). It is lighter than terra-cotta and can withstand winter weather. At the conclusion of this hands-on workshop you’ll have made a pot or mushroom to take home. Bring Heavy-Duty Latex Gloves

Herbal Vinegars     register online
Tuesday, June 25, 2013. 5:30 p.m.
Presented by Donna Fellows and Emily Peterson and Susan Trone
Spend an afternoon discovering herbs and their use in flavored vinegars.  Learn selection and preparation techniques which will allow you to go home with your own special blend.

Welcomed weather provides ideal outdoor Extension classroom for green industry professionals

2012 Summer Turf and Nursery Expo well attended at UD’s Carvel Center in Georgetown

For farmers and landscapers in the Delmarva region, 2012 has been a difficult and frustrating year. A dry winter, and sustained heat and drought during spring and summer – critical growth periods – have left challenging conditions for anyone working in the agriculture or horticulture industries.  Throughout Delaware, crops, ornamental trees, shrubs and lawns have shown signs of stress, leaving them vulnerable to pests, weather-induced damage, or stress-related death.

At the 344-acre Carvel Research and Education Center, the Sussex County agricultural research farm for University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, some of these conditions were purposely left in place to serve as specific teaching tools – an ideal educational backdrop for the 2012 Summer Nursery and Turf Expo organized by the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association (DNLA) and Delaware Cooperative Extension. The Expo is a day-long program that provided  a variety of informative workshop sessions for horticulture industry professionals.

A picture perfect day welcomed more than 140 exhibitors, presenters, DNLA and Extension experts and industry professionals who appreciated seeing real-time examples in actual field and landscape settings.

“This is a great refresher course on common insects and problems we all have,” says Aaron Jackson, nursery supervisor at Tunnell Companies. “We get to see it in person and have professionals tell us what we are looking at.”

Local landscapers agreed. “The University of Delaware provides a lot of resource materials, but it is good to see working or field information” said Sue Manlove, who with her husband Larry, own and operate Manlove Lawn and Landscape Company in Seaford. “It adds a whole different dimension seeing it in person,” offered Larry Manlove.

Chip Hudiburg, of Sussex Tree, Inc. safely hangs from a large tree scheduled for removal and timed for the Expo.

A variety of sessions were available to landscapers, horticulturists, and related industry professionals.  A crew from EP Henry provided a demonstration on using pavers in the landscape and for raised beds. A take down of an overgrown Chinese Paulownia tree provided an opportunity for Sussex Tree, Inc., to explain when tree removal should be handed over to an experienced pro. Techniques in chain saw operation and best safety practices were emphasized.

Outdoor classroom venues included the Sussex County Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden, a new Integrated Pest Management (IPM) educational ornamental section, and trees and shrubs planted around the Carvel Center – each providing diverse examples of common landscape situations that Extension educators other presenters used at the Expo as teaching tools.

At a stop along his insect tour, Brian Kunkel pointed to bagworm cases that appeared on Crape Myrtles, Junipers and inanimate objects such as a brick wall and steel and PVC piping. Kunkel said timing was critical for bagworm control, adding that by the time cases are brown or grey, it is often too late to for spraying.

Cooperative Extension specialist and entomologist Brian Kunkel led a morning and afternoon tour, identifying both beneficial insects and pests commonly found in Delaware landscapes, and suggested control strategies and examples where no measures are necessary. IPM strategies emphasize the use of beneficial insects and parasitoids, which can effectively control damaging pests without the use of pesticides

Richard Pratt, state arborist with the Hagley Museum and Gardens partnered with UD Extension’s Dot Abbot and reviewed proper planting and pruning techniques for trees.  Delaware State Police Cpr/3 Keith Lamey conducted a session on the laws and regulations regarding commercial transport and the nuances between being classified as intra or inter – state business and provided guidance on commercial road safety.

In addition to landscapers, several state agencies were represented including the Delaware State Parks and Delaware Departments of Agriculture and Transportation. Rose Ogutu, an Extension specialist with Delaware State University, taught a session on soil health.

“To Delaware’s green industry, Cooperative Extension means top-notch researchers, educators and facilities,” said Valann Budischak, executive director of DNLA. “They keep us up to date on the latest practices and products and allow us to partner in some of their research projects.”

Michelle Rodgers, associate dean of UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of Cooperative Extension was impressed with the variety of practical sessions offered to the participants. “It is great to be in partnership with DNLA in order to share knowledge and expertise for Delawareans.”

To view more images from the 2012 Summer Turf and Nursery Expo, visit our photo album on Flickr, or view below.

Article and photos by Michele Walfred

Cooperative Extension, DNLA to hold Summer Turf and Nursery Expo Aug. 16

Delaware Nursery & Landscape Association in partnership with University of Delaware Cooperative Extension offer day-long program for the commercial green industry

Thursday, August 16, 2012
8:15 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Horticulture industry professionals are invited to attend the 2012 Summer Turf and Nursery Expo held at the University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center, Georgetown, on Thursday, August 16, 2012. The program is organized by Delaware Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Nursery & Landscape Association (DNLA) and will feature guest speakers, a choice of workshop subjects and an opportunity for industry professionals to earn Maryland and Delaware continuing education credits in Nutrient Management, ISA and Pesticide recertification. It is an opportunity for those in the green industry to increase knowledge and improve skills.

“Events such as this are great forums for education and networking among fellow green industry professionals,” says Valann Budischak,  Cooperative Extension agent for UD’s Plant and Soil Science Department and executive director of the DNLA. “This is the third time this event has been held in Sussex County and the first at the Carvel Center.”

Tracy Wootten, Sussex County horticulture agent for UD Cooperative Extension is excited to be able to offer local arborist’s training. “It’s a great opportunity for ISA recertification here in Sussex,” Wootten said. “Participants will have many opportunities to see demonstrations and live specimens that will improve identification of problems in the landscape and see beneficial insects at work,” Wootten says.

Topics include:

  • Transportation Regulations,
  • Laws & Safety,
  • Pest & Beneficial Insect Walk,
  • Soil Health
  • Intermediate Wall and Raised Patio Construction
  • Business Planning
  • Safe Tree Removal
  • Proper Pruning Techniques and
  • Certified Nursery Professional (CNP) Plant ID Challenge & Potential Pests

Download the Summer Turf and Nursery brochure and registration form here

Agenda:

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration/View Exhibits/CNP Plant ID

Option A: Transportation Regulations, Laws &  Safety
Option B: Soil Health

9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Concurrent Education Workshops

Option A: Pest & Beneficial Insect Walk
Option B: Transportation Regulations, Laws & Safety

10:40 a.m. 11:00 a.m.  Break/View Exhibits/CNP Plant ID

11:00 – 11:50 a.m.  Concurrent Education Workshops

Option A: Soil Health
Option B: Pest & Beneficial Insect Walk

11:50 p.m. – Noon Remarks by Michelle Rodgers, Director of UD Cooperative Extension

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch/View Exhibits

12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Intermediate Wall, Paver (Raised Patio) Construction

OR

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Safe Tree Removal

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Proper Pruning Techniques

OR

12: 45 p.m. -2:45 p.m. Business Planning

2:45 p.m. – 3: 35 p.m. CNP Plant ID and Their Potential Pests

Deadline to register is Wednesday, August 8. Registration fees apply:

$40 for DNLA members

$55 for non-DNLA members

After August 8, or for walk in registrations the fee will be $60.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. See brochure link above for more information.

Questions? Contact Valann Budischack at (888) 448-1203

Sussex Master Gardeners announce summer/fall workshop series

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce their Summer/Fall 2012 workshop schedule. The workshops will be held at the Elbert N. & Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown.  Please preregister by contacting Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585, ext 544, tammys@udel.edu.  or http://ag.udel.edu/rec/Extension/MasterGardeners/workshops.html  Workshops are free unless otherwise specified. Schedule:

Livable Lawns   register online
Monday, July 30, 2012, Noon, Conference Room 3
Presented by Valann Budischak.  The goal of the Delaware Livable Lawns initiative is simple – reduce fertilizer and pesticide runoff from lawns. This workshop will provide the necessary information needed to maintain a healthy, beautiful, lawn while partnering in the protection of the environment.

Hypertufa  register online
Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 9 a.m., in the Demonstration Garden and
Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 9 a.m., in the Demonstration Garden
Presented by Barbara Busch.   Hypertufa is a mixture of cement, peat moss, sand and water, formed into a mold to make a container for a plant. It is lighter than terracotta and can withstand winter weather.  At the conclusion of this hands-on workshop you’ll have made a pot to take home.  $15 charge for materials, limited to 12 participants (each session).  Bring Heavy-Duty Latex Gloves. Please make checks payable to Sussex County Master Gardeners.

Flavor Up Your Herbs    register online
Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 1 p.m., Kitchen & Conference Room 2
Presented by Betty Lou Suter.  Welcome to our “Herb Garden” and “Kitchen of Samples.” We plan a walk through the herb garden; see a wattle?….knot?, many culinary and cosmetic herbs, then off to the kitchen for herb ideas for gifts and culinary uses. Sample some goodies made more delicious with herbs; rosemary shortbread, pansy rollups, just to name a few! YUM! Limit 15.

Buzz About Bees   register online
Thursday, September 20, 2012, Noon, Conference Room 3
Presented by Shelley McNeal.  Bees are a fascinating, social, and endangered group of insects. This talk will focus on the wonder of bees, recent threats to their survival, and the efforts being made to protect them. Shelley will describe her experiences as a beekeeper. Included are landscaping practices that homeowners can easily adopt to help protect our pollinators.

Peter Rabbit is NOT my Friend  register online
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7 p.m., Conference Room 3
Presented by Tracy Mulveny.  This workshop will discuss the five most common animal pests in our gardens, deer, rabbits, groundhogs, moles and voles. Some ideas on how to eliminate or co-exist with them will be presented. New ideas are always welcome so bring your own success stories to share.

Raised Bed Construction and Gardening   register online
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 1 p.m. Conference Room 3.
Presented by Mike Deshaies.  Raised beds have many advantages over traditional garden beds; their soil tends to warm earlier in the season, they tend to have better drainage, the gardener has more control over the soil in the beds, and the placement and design of raised beds can make for easy access. Building a raised bed is a not-too-difficult project that can quickly increase the size and quality of the growing space. This workshop will provide tips and ideas for constructing raised beds for your garden.

Containers for the Holidays  register online
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Conference Room 3.
Presented by Mary Sue Colaizzi.  There is no reason to put your garden containers away for the winter. Summer containers do not have to look like a “pot full of dirt” during the winter months. With a little imagination and design savvy your containers can offer beauty and pleasure all year round. Come learn how to make a four-season container to get you through the winter blahs.

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. It is Delaware Cooperative Extension’s policy that that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran or handicap status. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.

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.

 

 

 

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