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2020 Maryland-Delaware Hay and Pasture Conference Series

University of Maryland Extension, University of Delaware Extension, and the Maryland-Delaware Forage Council invites forage producers, grazers, livestock owners, and associated industry personnel to attend the upcoming Maryland-Delaware Hay and Pasture Conference Series in January 2020.

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2019 Delaware Hybrid Field Corn Variety Trials

The 2019 Delaware hybrid field corn trials were conducted jointly by the University of Delaware’s Agricultural Experiment Station and the Delaware Cooperative Extension Service, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Forty-six hybrids were evaluated at four locations: Emerson  farms at Middletown, DE (dryland), Thomas Family Farms at Marydel, DE (center pivot irrigation), Plum Creek Farms, LLC at Laurel, DE (center pivot irrigation) and Davis Farms at Georgetown, DE (center pivot irrigation). Hybrids were divided into three relative maturity groups; early 101-110 (21 entries), early-medium 111-114 (17 entries) and medium 115-120 days (8 entries). The hybrids tested are being sold for commercial planting or are on a clear track for commercial planting (e.g. within one or two years of access to farmers). Plans and rules for entering these trials are available upon request.

See the full report here: https://www.udel.edu/content/dam/udelImages/canr/pdfs/extension/sustainable-agriculture/cornhybridtrials-2019.pdf

 

Winter Wheat Seeding Rates

Jarrod Miller, Extension Agronomist

Six different seeding rates for winter wheat were tested at the Carvel Research Center (Georgetown) over the past two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19). Seeds were drilled at 0.9, 1.2, 1.5, 1.8, 2.0, and 2.2 million seeds per acre each fall and harvested the following summer.. Averaged over the two seasons, yields ranged from 77-89 bu/acre, with some differences between seeding rates (Table 1).

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2019 MID-ATLANTIC CROP MANAGEMENT SCHOOL

November 19 – 21, 2019

Princess Royale in Ocean City, MD

The Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School will be held at the Princess Royale in Ocean City, MD from November 19 – 21, 2019. The school offers a 2 ½ day format with a variety of breakout sessions. Individuals needing training in soil and water, nutrient management, crop management and pest management can create their own schedule by choosing from 5 program options offered each hour. Emphasis is placed on new and advanced information with group discussion and interaction encouraged. Online registration will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, November 11, 2019. Registration Fees are $285 by Sunday, September 15, $295 from September 16 through October 31, and $335 from November 1 through November 11. We look forward to seeing you there.

Registration and program details are online at: https://app.certain.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x3034320abcd

Considering Fall Cover Crops

Jamie Taraila, UD Graduate Research Assistant, Agronomy

As fall approaches, it is time to start thinking about your cover crop choices. There are three main categories of cover crops: legumes, grasses, and brassicas. Making the decision on which one is right for your operation should be based your current field conditions, management, and expected outcomes. Each category of cover crop has varying benefits that could help to increase yields, improve soil health, and decrease input costs the following planting season.

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