December Ag Notes and Winter Meetings



          Sign up to take Session I with Jeanie Johnson or Sydney Young by calling 856-7303. You have to complete Session I before you can take Session II. We will not hold a class unless at least 20 people signup for it.  Please signup early to increase the chances of the class making.



Date                                                    Time                                        Location


December 20, 2001                             6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.                  REC/Georgetown

January 24, 2002                                  9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon               Greenwood VFW

January 29, 2002                                  6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.                  REC/Georgetown

February 12, 2002                               6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.                  Ellendale Fire Hall

March 7, 2002                                     6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.                  REC/Georgetown

March 19, 2002                                   9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon               REC/Georgetown

April 2, 2002                                        9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon               REC/Georgetown


Farming:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship



Farming:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a four-part course, will be held at PolyTech High School in Woodside, DE on January 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  .  Classroom space is limited, so pre-registration is requested by Thursday, January 3, 2002.  The registration fee for this course is $40, which will cover the cost of resource materials.  Refreshments will be served.  To register and receive additional information, please contact Delaware State University Cooperative Extension office at:  (302) 857-6424.


Delaware Vegetable Meeting-Jan 9 to 11



Successful Produce Marketing  - Wednesday, January 9, 2002 

6-9 PM

Harrington Fair Exhibit Hall


6:00 - 6:30     Finding Marketing Outlets for your Produce

Richard VanVranken, Rutgers


6:30 - 6:50     Pricing Your Produce: Wholesale and Retail

Carl German, UD


6:50 - 7:10     Farmers Markets and Tailgate Marketing in New Jersey

Richard VanVranken, Rutgers


7:10 - 7:40     Tapping Into Your Money Making Potential: Opportunities for DE Producers

Becky Moody, DDA and Carl German, UD


7:40 - 8:10     Making a Living on Less Than 5 Acres

Bob Russell, DE Producer


8:10 - 8:30     Cooperatives as a Marketing Option

Dean Purnell, DSU


8:30 - 9:00     Marketing Through the Internet and Value-Added Marketing

Nancy Petitt, DE Producer



Fresh Market Production  - Wednesday, January 9, 2002  6-9 PM

Board Room, Harrington Fair Exhibit Hall


6:00 - 6:30     Cole Crop and Sweet Corn Variety Trials (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, chinese cabbage, sweet corn)

Gordon Johnson


6:30 - 7:00     Equipment for Smaller Vegetable Operations

James Adkins, UD and Josh Plummer, Student-UD


7:00 - 7:20     Trellised and Staked Production of Vegetables

Gordon Johnson, UD


7:20 - 7:40     Success with Pole Limas

Growers Panel


7:40 - 8:10     Specialty Vegetable Trials and Marketing Considerations

David Myers, UM


8:10 - 8:30     High Tunnels to Extend the Growing Season

Jay Windsor, UD


8:30 - 9:00     Food Safety for Fresh Market Operations: What Should You Know?

Sue Snider, UD and Derby Walker, UD



General Session – Thursday, January 10, 2002

Harrington Fair Exhibit Hall


8:30    Registration, Visit Exhibits

Enjoy Coffee and Donuts


9:30    Welcome, George Lovett, President, VGAD


9:45    Doing More for Delaware’s Vegetable Industry

            Michael Scuse, Secretary, Delaware Department of Agriculture


10:15 Our Vegetable Operation – Ten Years of Change

            Bill and David Zittel, Eden, New York


11:00  Taskforce for New Opportunities for Delaware Agriculture

            Ed Kee, University of Delaware


11:30  Annual Vegetable Growers Association of Delaware Business Meeting


Lunch – Sponsored by the Exhibitors and VGAD Board



General Fresh Market Vegetable Session

Harrington Fair Exhibit Hall


1:30    The Use of Television and the Internet to Promote Local Agriculture: The “If Plants Could Talk” series for NJN Public Television

            Mr. William T. Hlubik, Rutgers University


2:00    2001 Sweet Corn Variety Trial - Sweet Corn Costs of Production and Pricing

            Gordon Johnson, UD and Tracy Wootten, UD


2:30    Experiences in Electronic Marketing: Delmarva in 2001

            Vance Phillips and Ryan Jost,


2:45    Break


3:00    Melon Insect Update

            Joanne Whalen, UD


3:20    Agriculture in the Arabian Peninsula: Ancient to Modern

            Ian McCann, University of Delaware


3:45    Managing Delaware’s Deer Population

            Dr. Jake Bowman, University of Delaware


4:15 -  Adjourn


6:00 Social Hour – Club House


7:00 Annual VGAD Awards Banquet


            Speaker:  Kevin Reilly


“Hanging In There for Success”


A motivational speech by Delaware’s own Kevin Reilly, who starred in football for Salesianum, Villanova and the Philadelphia Eagles.



Potato Session - Friday, January 11, 2002

Board Room, Harrington Fair Exhibit Hall


9:00    Report from the Delaware Potato Board    


9:10    Delaware Department of Agriculture Report 


9:20    Colorado Potato Beetle Control and Resistance Management

Galen Dively University of Maryland

Joanne Whalen University of Delaware


9:50    Managing Cull Piles and Volunteer Potatoes

Dr. Mark VanGessel and Gordon Johnson UD     


10:05  Calcium Additions and Potatoes - Reviewing the Research

Gordon Johnson, UD    


10:20  Novel Potato Varieties for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Dr. Bill Lamont, Penn State University


10:50  2001 Potato Fungicide Trials and T-22 Trials

Bob Mulrooney, University of Delaware 


11:10  Nitrogen and Phosphorus Fertilization in Potatoes and Nutrient Management Planning

            Dr. Dave Hansen, Gordon Johnson UD    


11:30  Off Type Potatoes - What Can You Do?

DDA rep. 


11:40  Update on Potato Wart and Late Blight

Bob Mulrooney, UD    


12:00  Annual Business Meeting





Processing Crops Session, Friday, January 11, 2002

Harrington Fair Exhibit Hall


9:30    Lima Bean Diseases

            Bob Mulrooney, University of Delaware


10:00  U of D Engineering Students Work With Case New Holland to Solve a Delaware Ag Problem

            Dawn Cintavey, U of D Student and Jim Glancey, University of Delaware


10:30  Gaucho and Sweet Corn Insect Management

            Joanne Whalen, IPM Specialist, University of Delaware


11:00  Herbicide Resistance Issues and Weed Control Update for Beans and Sweet Corn

            Mark VanGessel, University of Delaware


11:30  Soybean Aphid and Viruses: A new snap bean problem in the Midwest and New York

            Joanne Whalen, University of Delaware


11:45  Lunch – Visit Exhibits


1:30    Processing Industry Update


1:45    Grain Profits and the LDP

            Kenny Bounds, Chesapeake Farm Credit


2:00    Garden State Ethanol

            Peter Furey


2:30    Lima bean Variety Trials and Fordhook lima beans for Delmarva

Ed Kee, University of Delaware


2:45    Break


3:00    Pickle Variety Trials and Pollinator Studies

Ed Kee, University of Delaware


3:15    Pickle Diseases and Management

Kate Everts, University of Maryland and Delaware


3:30    Pickle Production in Mexico, Germany and India

            Ed Kee, University of Delaware


4:00    Pickle Harvester Program in 2001

James Adkins, University of Delaware 


4:30    Adjourn



Risk Management with new developments in Insurance

                You are invited to a meeting on using “Crop Revenue Coverage”, Optional Units”, “Actual Production History”, Adjusted Gross Revenue Coverage” and/or “Yield Substitution” to protect your farming operation against losses caused by natural disasters.  With the lower premiums and higher coverages you may want to reconsider using one of these crop insurance products. There are two more opportunities for Sussex County growers, Jan 15 at State Fair Exhibition Hall in Harrington, and Jan 16 at RJ’s Restaurant in Laurel.  The meetings are from 8 am to 3 pm. Since lunch will be provided you must call Laurie Wolinski at 302-730-4000 (Kent County Extension) to reserve lunch. You will also earn 1 pesticide credit.


January 17, 2002 Pesticides and the Public:  How Applicators Can Respond To Public Concern With Pesticide Use.  Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Avenue, rt. 8, Dover DE This year's conference will be held in conjunction with the Delaware Horticulture Industry Expo.  Topics will be "IPM in Schools," "What

Lessons Have We Learned From Star Link Corn?" and "Risk Communication."

Afternoon break-out sessions will present new information in Agriculture, Turf & Ornamental, and Structural Pest Control.

Re-certification credits will be awarded in all applicator categories

Jan 17 – “Options on Futures” A Mini Workshop – 7 to 9pm - Kent County Extension office


            Jan 21 – “ Grain Marketing Strategies Conference - 9 a.m. to noonKent County Office


            Jan 24 – Delaware Agronomic Day (jointly sponsored by the Delaware Crop Improvement Association) 8 am to 2 pm.  Call your county extension office to make lunch reservation (your is cost is $5, the rest of the cost is being picked up by the sponsors and exhibitors).

            Featuring – Joanne Whalen – What is best control method or methods for you manage your corn insects?  (1 pesticide credit)

Mark Van Gessel –Glyphosate-resistant horseweed and soybean weed control - trying to make sense (or cents) of it all.

A Panel – What about these new grain marketing choices? Ethanol, soy diesel, etc

Bob Mulrooney – An old pest rebounds to present new problems


Jan 25 “Women in Agriculture” – Modern Maturity Center, Dover, De The program follows the Friend of Agriculture 


                Jan 30 Eighth Annual Delmarva Agricultural Safety and Heath Conference

Capital Grange Hall, Dover, De – 8a.m. to noon.  Call your extension office to reserve lunch.


            Feb 7 – Farm Equipment Workshop - Harrington Fair Grounds 

Hands on demonstrations and useful information in the following sessions:


Tractor Performance – weighting ballasting and tire pressures for optimum performance.

Planter Calibration – Proper setup and adjustment classes from several planter manufacturers.

Ripper/Deep tillage – Comparison of several ripper configurations regarding effectiveness and power req.with visual demos.

Combine setup and calibration – experts from several manufacturers.

Equipment on display from John Deere, Case IH, New Holland, White, CAT, Monosem, Kinze, DMI and many others.


Feb 11 – Marketing with a crop insurance to lock in yield and price – DDA Dover, De. Details will be available in January. I understand that is an marketing meeting that help you improve your own bottom line.


Feb 22   Governor’s ConferenceModern Maturity Center, Dover7:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Topics: Bio-security on the Farm and  Livable Delaware”


In a normal winter expect to get 13.6 inches of snow. We should have had almost 3 inches by the end of December, based on 24 years of weather data.