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Sussex County conservation poster contest winners recognized

Nov. 18, 2022

Georgetown, Del., Nov. 18, 2022 – Sussex Conservation District (SCD) recently recognized winners of the annual conservation poster contest. Posters were judged on the 2022 theme, “Healthy Soil: Healthy Life.”  SCD received 116 entries acros...


Caffeine & Cover Crops set for Nov. 15

Nov. 15, 2022

Georgetown, Del., Oct. 14, 2022 – An in-person caffeine and cover crops event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, from 8 - 9:30 a.m., at the Vanderwende-Evans Conservation Center in Georgetown. This event is free and preregistration is encou...


SCD accepting entries for the 2023 Conservation Stewardship Award

Oct. 6, 2022

GEORGETOWN, Del., Oct. 6, 2022 – Sussex Conservation District (SCD), the delegated authority for Delaware Sediment and Stormwater Regulations in Sussex County, is accepting entries for the 2023 Conservation Stewardship Award. This award will rec...


Free Stormwater 101 workshop

Sept. 6, 2022

Georgetown, Del., Sept. 6, 2022 – The Sussex Conservation District (SCD) will host a free, hybrid, stormwater 101 workshop on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Vanderwende-Evans Conservation Center. Jessica Watson, sedimen...


Soil Health Field Day set for Aug. 16

July 6, 2022

Georgetown, Del., July 6, 2022 – The Delaware Soil Health Partnership will hold an in-person soil health field day on Tuesday, Aug. 16, from at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rick Clark, a fifth-generation farmer from Williamsport, Ind., will discuss ...


Free Film Screening: Delmarva and the Ground for Change to be held July 11

June 29, 2022

Georgetown, Del., June. 29, 2022 – The Delaware Soil Health Partnership is inviting agriculturalists, and those interested in learning more about conservation on Delmarva, to a free film screening of “Delmarva and the Ground for Change” on...


Cover crop cost share applications accepted beginning June 13

June 13, 2022

Georgetown, Del., June 7, 2022 – Applications for Sussex Conservation District (SCD) cover crop cost share program will be accepted beginning Monday, June 13 through Friday, July 29. This program provides farmers with up to $75,000 in cost share...


Free soil test for corn growers

May 4, 2022

Georgetown, Del., May 4, 2022 – Sussex Conservation District (SCD) is now offering free pre-sidedress soil nitrogen testing (PSNT) to corn growers in Sussex County. SCD recommends performing a PSNT in the spring to determine the nitrogen require...


2022 Conservation Stewardship Award winners recognized

March 3, 2022

GEORGETOWN, Del., March 11, 2022 – The Sussex Conservation District (SCD) recognized the inaugural Conservation Stewardship Award winners on Thursday, March 3, at Plantation Lakes Golf and Country Club in Millsboro, Del.

David Baird, dis...


2022 Delmarva Soil Summit

Feb. 7 & 8, 2022

Over 200 attendees came together, virtually and in-person, for the two-day 2022 Delmarva Soil Summit (DSS) at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md.

Keynote speakers Ray Archuleta, farmer and Understanding Ag founder, Jimm...


Over $540,000 available for cover crops in Sussex County, Del.

Nov. 2, 2021

Over $540,000 is available to plant cover crops in the Delaware Bay and Inland Bays watersheds of Sussex County, over the next two years.

“Protecting the Delaware Bay and Inland Bays with Cover Crops” is a USDA Natural Resources Conser...


Conservation field staff attend soil health and sustainability training

Oct. 19-21, 2021

GEORGETOWN, Del, Oct. 26, 2021 – Delaware conservation district and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field staff recently attended a three-day soil health and sustainability training. The first two days consisted of presentatio...


Minimizing Our Impact & Maximizing Fall Fertilizer Applications

September 2021

If you are growing cool-season grasses the time to apply fertilizer is now. Unequivocally, the fall is the best time to fertilize our cool-season grasses, but the window to maximize how much fertilizer actually gets into the plant has been determi...


SCD approves annual cost share, increases incentives for cover crop program

Aug. 25, 2021

GEORGETOWN, Del., Aug. 25, 2021 – The Sussex Conservation District (SCD) board of supervisors voted to approve the annual cost share program and increase incentives for the cover crop cost share program at the board meeting on Aug. 24. The cover...


Dedication ceremony, ribbon cutting held for Vanderwende-Evans Conservation Center

July 15, 2021, 9 a.m. to noon.

GEORGETOWN, Del., July 16, 2021 – The Sussex Conservation District (SCD) recently held an open house and dedication ceremony for the Vanderwende-Evans Conserva...


Upper Nanticoke River Watershed Improvements

Ongoing

Check back often for the latest news. (updated 4/13/2021)


Using Compost To Remediate Poor Soils and Improve Your Turfgrass Quality

June 2021

 Applying compost to our turf is a practice that is often underutilized when dealing with poor or marginal soils. Most of the turfgrass problems I encounter are usually soil related issues.  Attempting to grow grass in poor soils can lead to a t...


Collaborations Create Innovative Forest Wetland Project Near Frankford

May 25, 2021

Frankford, Del. —  A project to add native wetland vegetation that will restore natural habitat and improve water quality is taking root this month in Sussex County.

Environmental Concern, Inc., an environ...


Local Work Group Meeting

April 21, 2021

GEORGETOWN, Del., March 22, 2021 – The Sussex Conservation District (SCD) will hold a virtual local work group (LWG) meeting on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 9 a.m. This event is free and open to the public, preregistration is required.

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Hastings' pond project holds water

April 23,2021

by Sean Clougherty

DELMAR, Del. — By addressing one small part of a field in his operation, Jay Hastings improved the wh...


SOIL HEALTH WORKSHOPS HELD - CULTIVATING COVER CROP KNOWLEDGE, VIRTUALLY

March 10, 2021

Georgetown, Del., - For the past seven years soil health experts have educated farmers on the shore through workshops and field days presented by the Delaware Soil Health Partnership. The coronavirus pandemic forced the winter soil health series t...



Hybrid caffeine and cover crop event with David Brandt to be held Dec. 15

Dec. 15, 2021

Georgetown, Del., Dec. 1, 2021 – A hybrid caffeine and cover crop event will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, from 8 to 10 a.m. David Brandt, a no-till farmer and cover crop guru from Ohio, will join virtually to discuss soil health, cover c...


Virtual caffeine and cover crop event to be held Feb. 10

Jan. 15, 2021

A virtual caffeine and cover crop event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Amy Shober, professor and extension specialist, nutrient management at the University of Delaware, and Jayme Arthurs, Delaware state resource ...


Delaware Conservation Districts sponsor annual conservation poster contest, “Healthy Soil: Healthy Life”

Sept. 26, 2022

Georgetown, Del., Sept. 23, 2022 – The New Castle, Kent and Sussex Conservation Districts are accepting entries for the annual conservation poster contest from Delaware public, charter, private or homeschooled students in grades K-12. Posters w...


Virtual caffeine and cover crop event to be held Jan. 14

Jan. 5, 2021

A virtual caffeine and cover crop event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Keith Berns, co-owner of Green Cover Seed will discuss cover crop diversity, rotation and species. This event is free and preregistration is re...


Over $1M available for cover crops in Sussex County, Del.

Nov. 17, 2020

Farmers across Sussex County can now apply for over $1.1 million in funding from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to plant cover crops, over the next three years.

Funding is provided by two USDA NRCS Regional Conservation...


Local Work Group Meeting

Nov. 12, 2020, 9 - 11:30 a.m.

The Sussex Conservation District (SCD) will hold a virtual local work group (LWG) meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at 9 a.m. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

The LWG allows stakeholders an opportu...



Free stormwater webinar Aug. 13

Aug. 13, 2020

The public is invited to attend a free stormwater webinar on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, from 10 a.m. to noon. Topics covered include stormwater emergency preparedness, algae control and invasive species identification and control.

This event...