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26th Annual Eastern Shore of Virginia Ag Conference & Trade Show

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Ag Conference & Trade Show is on! We are snow free, and looking forward to a great event on January 26 and 27, 2016. The event will take place at the Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Development Center in Melfa, VA. The full program can be found at: We have been approved for Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) CEU credits (details at:, Virginia Nutrient Management Credit (1 credit), and Virginia Pesticide Recertification credits (information in the program). See you there! Directions can be found at:

Eastern Shore Ag Conference & Trade Show

Join Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Association of Potato and Vegetable Growers, and Industry to hear updates, research information, and innovative products for grain, oilseed, and vegetable crops important to Virginia’s Eastern Shore on January 26 and 27, 2016. This event is free and open to the public. Announcements concerning conference updates, weather delays and/or closings, etc. will be made at: Highlights of the program can be found in the attached flyer.

Ag Conf Press Release 2016

Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School Registration

The program for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School (MACMS) has now been set and the online registration website is now active. Everyone is welcome to attend! Virginia nutrient management credits and Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) credits will be offered. Local and regional farmers, independent consultants, certified crop advisers, nutrient management consultants, and agency and university professionals will join together to learn the latest on a wide range of topics from local, regional, and national speakers.

The Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School (MACMS) will be held from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, 2015 at the Princess Royale in Ocean City Maryland. Some of the notable speakers include Dr. Bob Nielsen (Mr. King Corn) from Purdue University, Dr. Dewey Lee from the University of Georgia, Dr. David Langston from Virginia Tech, Dr. Randy Taylor from Oklahoma State University, Dr. Gordon Johnson from University of Delaware, Dr. Jarrod Miller from University of Maryland Extension, Mr. Mark Dubin from University of Maryland Extension and U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office, Dr. Scott Bretthauer from the University of Illinois, and many others.

Register for MACMS online at: If you prefer a pdf version of the MACMS brochure, please email Richard Taylor at

Sessions on pest management, crop management, soil and water management, fertility management and some interactive sessions will be offered. Certified Crop Adviser (CCA), Nutrient Management, and Pesticide credits are available. Continuing education credits are available from a number of states in the region including Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. There are 43 different talks to choose from over the 2.5 day school. Some of the topics that will be covered are:

Effects of Stress on Corn Early in the Season

High Yield Soybeans: Is There a Recipe? A Roundtable Discussion

Row Crop Planters – Wider, Faster, or Both

A Path to Higher Yields: Part ll. Reducing Stress through Plant Health and Management

Lime Rate and Its Relationship to Fertility and Soil Type

Nitrogen Release from Non-chemical Fertilizers

The Intersection of Cover Crops and Weed Control

Future Technologies for Herbicide Resistance Weed Management

Understanding and Identifying Stalk Rots in Corn

Fumigant Control of Nematodes in Vegetables

Pest Management Trivia Challenge

Delaware’s Cropland Transect Survey – We’re Looking for Residue, Have You Seen Any?

Soil Health Principles and Manure Incorporation

Water Quality Trading in the Chesapeake Bay

Drainage Basics and Drainage Water Management

Forage and Field Crop Identification Hands-On Workshop

Evaluating Quality in Fruits and Vegetables Hands-On Workshop

Produce Food Safety Hands-On Workshop

Using Crop, Soils, Pest, and other Ag Apps on Your Tablet or Mobile Phone Hands-On Workshop

If you have questions, please contact us.

Dr. Richard W. Taylor
Extension Specialist—Agronomy
Dr. Amy Shober
Extension Specialist—Nutrient Management
University of Delaware
Email: and

The Value of Straw

Farmers are busy in the fields harvesting barley and wheat. Often, farmers opt to bale the straw themselves or allow custom balers to come in and remove the straw from the land. What is the nutrient value of this straw being removed? Check out this publication to figure out what fertilizer nutrients are being removed to help gauge whether the straw should be baled or not. Straw_Value_17June2015

25th Annual Eastern Shore Ag Conference and Trade Show

Please find attached the program for the 25th Annual Eastern Shore Ag Conference & Trade Show on January 7 and 8, 2014. The event will be held at the Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Development Center, 29300 Lankford Highway, Melfa, VA 23410. This event is free and open to the public with no registration required. Feel free to pass on to any email lists, stakeholders, etc. that may be interested. Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers will be offered. Any further program changes, weather advisories, and so forth will be posted on my Facebook page:
Thank you,
Additional information: agconfprogram2014-3january2014-pdf

Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School Registration is OPEN!

Certified Crop Advisers (CCA), Nutrient Management Planners, and any others too! Join us in Ocean City, MD for the Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School from November 19-21, 2013. This two and a half day school will cover sessions that offer CCA Continuing Education Credits and nutrient management credits. Sessions include: Crop Management, Nutrient Management, Vegetable Production, Pest Management, and Soil & Water Management. Please see the following link for more information and to register:

Mid-Atlantic Precision Agriculture Equipment Field Day

The Mid-Atlantic Precision Ag Field Day will be held at the Caroline County 4-H Park 8230 Detour Road, Denton, MD 21629 and is a cosponsored event by VA, MD, WV, PA, and DE Extension. . We will be offering Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Credits. This is a great opportunity to learn from some of the foremost precision ag experts. A flyer is attached.

Registration is free, but we are asking that attendees preregister.

The website with more information for the event and registration information can be found at:

Thank you,

Mark S. Reiter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Soils and Nutrient Management
Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences
Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
33446 Research Drive
Painter, VA 23420
757-414-0724 ext. 16 (Office Phone)
757-693-2556 (Mobile Phone)
757-414-0730 (Fax)
Additional information: precision-ag-poster-pdf