Six Basics to Protect Water and Improve Soil

For farmer Robbie Emerson, water quality is an ongoing effort that never goes out of season. A  fourth-generation soybean farmer from Middletown, Delaware, Emerson knows the importance of protecting Delaware’s local watersheds. In order to keep nutrients and pesticides from impacting local bodies of water, he implements a variety of management practices throughout the year. Over time,...

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Prevent and Protect – best practices for controlling pests

Weeds, bugs, slugs, you name it – farmers deal with more than their fair share of pests. Proper management and prevention is key to growing a healthy, viable and sustainable crop. Knowing and understanding the factors contributing to your pest problem are the first steps to controlling weeds and insects. Several pests are going to be prominent throughout Delaware this season, according to Cory...

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To Treat or Not to Treat – When is Insecticide the Right Choice?

Insecticide seed treatments are not always economical in Mid-Atlantic grain production. Insecticide seed treatments are not always economical in Mid-Atlantic grain production.[/box] Neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments (NSTs) are widely used in grain production. As of 2012, NSTs were used on 34-44% of soybeans and almost all corn grown in the U.S. Because the active ingredient is absorbed...

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Don’t Get Caught with Your Plants Down!

Did your field look like this? If so, your field may have been infested with Dectes stem borers.     The Dectes stem borer adult is a long horned beetle, approximately 3/8-1/2” in length, grey, with long antennae that are banded black and grey. Adult beetles begin emerging in late June and are present in soybean fields until mid-August. Female beetles lay a single egg into the pith tissue of a...

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Creating a happier, healthier and more productive work force with the WPS

In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised certain requirements in the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) regulation that became enforceable in 2017 and 2018. The revised WPS regulation came about as an attempt to better protect workers and handlers from occupational exposure to pesticides, as well as to help reduce the number of preventable pesticide incidents and illnesses. By...

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