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Briefly Nitrogen testing available to farmers To assist farmers in properly utilizing animal manure and to help meet their realistic yield goals, the Sussex Conservation District will calibrate manure spreaders and conduct up to three Pre-sidedress Nitrogen Tests (PSNT) at no charge for corn growers in Sussex County. Those with recent district or natural re- sources conservation service nu- trient management plans should check to see if PSNT is a require- ment of their plan. If farmers want additional sam- ples tested, they can take their own and submit them to the dis- trict for analysis at no charge. If farmers take their own samples, the district will accept them for analysis Monday through Thurs- day. Samples should not be brought in on Fridays. In most cases, results are available within 24 hours. All samples must be taken when the corn reaches 6 inches and no more than 12 inches in height, from ground to upper most whorl, and prior to any sidedressing of nitrogen. PSNT samples will not be taken if the corn is greater than 12 inches tall. Call when the corn is between 4 inches and 6 inches to schedule tests. For more information or to re- quest a PSNT, call the Sussex Conservation District at 856- 3990, Ext. 3. UD to host Ag Day 2000 April 29 in Newark The University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natur- al Resources is gearing up to wel- come the community to its Ag Day 2000 celebration from l0 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 29. The event will be held on the grounds surrounding Townsend and Worrilow Halls and the Uni- versity Farm on South College Avenue in Newark Families can visit educational displays and demonstrations relat- ing to natural resources and agri- culture. Children can hold a chick, pet baby animals, see a sheep shearing, take a ponyride or catch a wagon tour of the farm. For adults, there will be a chance to ask gardening questions of the Master Gardeners, pick up vegetable or flower bedding plants at the annual plant sale and visit 4-H and other student ex- hibits. The UD Botanical Gardens plant sale will also be held during Ag Day at the Fischer Green- house. For more information, call 302- 831-1125. UD educator wins national 4-H award Ted Palmer, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Educator for 4-H in Kent County, recently received the Distin- guished Service Award from the National 4-H Agents Association. The award was presented at the association&apos;s awards banquet in Pittsburgh, Pa. Palmer supervises one of the fastest growing tradi- tional 4-H programs in the north- east. Through his efforts, the club has expanded to its current enroll- ment of nearly 700 youths. ' Soydiesel fuel initiative under way The Delaware Soybean Board recently outlined an initiative to encourage the use of soybean diesel in state fleets. The board's proposal included matching funds of up to $10,000 to those state fleets that use soydiesel in their current diesel vehicles. The board cited the advantages in using soydiesel, including the reduction of vehicle and green- house emissions, improved state compliance with federal clean air standards, aid to U.S. farmers and a reduction in the dependence on foreign oil. For more informa- tion, contact Melanie Rapp, Delaware Department of Agricul- ture marketing specialist at 302- 739-4811, or e-mail at <melanie @dda.state.de. us>. GRIZZLY'S Root Mulch protects plants, beautifies your garden Your guarantee for healthy turf, beautiful flowers, shrubs & trees. FINE MULCHES... COMPOST... SOIL...STONE. Call 800.355.4544 607 S. Marshall St., P.O. Box 320 Milford, DE 19963-0320 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 21 - April 27, 2000 - 55 What can you do to preserve your land and water? Photo by: Dot Abl.t-I)nnelly Enroll in Delaware's CREP!The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a new voluntary initiative that pays Delaware landowners to improve wildlife habitat and water quality. Benefits of CREP! Covers most costs for putting in: St Riparian Tree Buffers or Grassed Filter Strips St Hardwood Tree Plantings St Wetland Restoration St Wildlife Habitat Why enroll in CREP? Improve water quality. Improve wildlife habitat. Earn consistent income from enrolled lands. Help Us to Help You! Delaware CREP payments are based on County CRP rental rates as follows: St Up to $150 per acre, plus a maintenance payment, for land established to riparian buffers and hardwood trees. StUp to $110 per acre, plus a maintenance payment, for land established to wildlife habitat, grassed filter strips, and wetland restoration. Call Today Kent Co. 302-697-2600 New Castle Co. 302-832-31 O0 Sussex Co. 302-856-3990