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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...


Annual poster contest, “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities”

Sept. 8, 2021

Sussex Conservation Districts is accepting entries for the annual conservation poster contest from Delaware public, charter, private or homeschooled students in grades K-12. Posters will be judged on the 2021 theme, “Healthy Forests, Healthy Com...


SCD announces inaugural Conservation Stewardship Awards

Sept. 1, 2021

GEORGETOWN, Del., Sept. 1, 2021 – Sussex Conservation District (SCD), the delegated authority for Delaware Sediment and Stormwater Regulations in Sussex County, is accepting entries for the inaugural Conservation Stewardship Award. This award wi...


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...


Cover crop cost share applications accepted beginning June 14

May 28, 2021

Georgetown, Del., May 28, 2021 – Applications for Sussex Conservation District (SCD) cover crop cost share program will be accepted Monday, June 14 through Friday, July 30. This program provides farmers with up to $40,000 in cost share assistanc...


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...


Free soil test for corn growers

May 3, 2021

Georgetown, Del., May 3, 2021 – 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...


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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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...



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 ...


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...


Poster Contest Winners Announced

Nov. 25, 2020

Sussex Conservation District received over 35 entries in the 2020 conservation poster contest. The contest was open to Delaware public, charter, private and homeschooled students in grades K-12. Posters were judged on the 2020 theme, “Where woul...


Virtual caffeine and cover crop event to be held Dec. 9

Dec. 9, 2020

A virtual caffeine and cover crop event will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Steve Groff, owner of Cover Crop Coaching, and Mark VanGessel, extension agent at the University of Delaware, will discuss spring cover crop t...


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...


Virtual Soil Health Farmer Panel

Aug. 11, 2020

A virtual farmer panel will discuss soil health topics on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Steve Groff, owner of Cover Crop Coaching, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include Blaine Hitchens, a Sussex County farmer and Nation...


Free stormwater webinar June 18

June 5, 2020

The public is invited to attend a free stormwater webinar on Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 10 a.m. to noon. Topics covered include drainage in Delaware, preventative maintenance, irrigation and water management.

This is the third event ...


Establish cover crops early with SCDs air seeder and cost share program

June 4, 2020

Applications for Sussex Conservation District (SCD) air seeder and air seeder cost share program will be accepted beginning Monday, June 15, 2020 through Friday, July 31, 2020.

“One of the best soil health practices is keeping the ground...


2020 Delmarva Soil Summit

Feb. 26-27, 2020
More than 200 agronomists came together to soak up the latest research and innovations to improve small- and large-scale farming operations at the Delmarva Soil Summit on Wednesday, Feb. 26 and Thursday, Feb. 27 at Delaware Technical Community Colleg...

Stormwater workshop series

Feb. 20, 2020

Over 45 guests attended the first of a four-part series of stormwater workshops held on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at the University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown.

The workshops are made possible by the Sussex...


Caffeine and cover crop breakfast

January 16, 2020

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Hans Kok, left, program agronomist at Indiana INfield Advantage and David Baird, right, district coordinator at Sussex Conservation District,...


Soil health workshop

January 15, 2020

The Sussex Conservation District (SCD) and the Delaware Soil Health Partnership recently held a free soil health workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 during Delaware Agriculture Week at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.

Over 16...


Cover crop workshop

December 11, 2019

The Sussex Conservation District (SCD) and the Delaware Soil Health Partnership recently held a free cover crop workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 at the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company.

Nearly 75 agriculturists learned the framew...


Stormwater pond maintenance workshop

Dec. 5, 2019

The Sussex Conservation District (SCD) recently held two free stormwater pond maintenance workshops on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Lewes Field Office.

Jessica Watson, sedi...