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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

Free produce safety courses/certifications offered to small and wholesale growers

Produce Food Safety Certification Sessions 2011   ♦  Good Agriculture Practices (GAP’s) – Good Handling Practices (GHP’s)

All produce growers who did not attend voluntary produce food safety (GAP/GHP) training sessions in 2009 or 2010 are encouraged to do so in 2011.  This training program is offered

Courtesy of Fruit and Growers Association of Delaware

by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, and the certificate is issued by the Delaware Department of Agriculture.  Trainings are also sponsored by the Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association of Delaware.  This certification program satisfies wholesale buyer requirements that growers attend GAP/GHP training.  Smaller growers that do not market wholesale are also encouraged to be certified and learn about best ways to keep produce safe from food borne pathogens.

Growers that do limited wholesale and mostly direct market will only need to do 3 hours of training.

Growers that do significant wholesale must attend 6 hours (2 sessions) of training to be certified.


SUSSEX COUNTY – Sessions at the University of Delaware, Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.  Call (302) 856-7303 to register.  Email Tracy Wootten, or Cory Whaley, for more information.  Dinner is provided.

Small Growers (limited or no wholesale) – 3 hour training, April 14, 2011, 6-9 pm.

Wholesale growers – session 1, March 10, 2011, 6-9 pm., session 2, March 17, 2011, 6-9 pm.

KENT COUNTY Sessions at the Kent County Extension Office, Dover (UD Paradee Building), 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901. Call (302) 730-4000 to register. Contact Phillip Sylvester for more information.

Small growers (limited or no wholesale) – 3 hour training, April 4, 2011, 6-9 pm.

Wholesale growers – 6 hour training, March 3, 2011. 9 am-3 pm.

NEW CASTLE COUNTY – April 26, 6 to 9 p.m. is the session in Newark.