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""It- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002.83 GARI)EN & FARM )ELAWARE'S CROP PROGRESS FOR WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 3) 2002 ERCENT) ITEM THIS LAST LAST AVERAGE WEEK WEEK YEAR 1997-2001 II I Harvesting Progress: Corn, for grain 96 93 86 85 Sorghum * gl 77 45 49 Soybeans 23 20 65 50 Small Grain Seeding: Badey 86 82 9O 86 WerWhe 5t 48 ,66 59 Hay Harvested: Other hay, 4th cutting 57 55 92 94 Alfalfa, 4  cutting 92 90 100 99 Alfalfa 5  cutting 39 28 44 46 CROP CONDITION mR  ENDING NOVEMBER 3) 2002 ER Condition Vcv Poor Poor Fair Good [ .... ExcelJent Badey 0  0 23 69 8 Winter Wheat 0 0 8 80 12 Range & Pastu 3 13 41 34 9 so-. MOISTURE co00mo00 FOR sam00G Nov00mn 2oo2 ' Condition Vet7 Short Short Adequate Surplus Topmil Moisnae 0 2 72 26 Topoi (2001) 28 53 19 0 Topsoil Five Year Average 7 35 55 3 Subsoil Moistu 3 22 69 6 Subsoil (2001) 15 48 37 0 Subsoil Five Year Average 3 32 63 2 Weekly crop report Wet conditions hindered progress for the fourth consecutive week, allowing Delaware farm- ers only 2.3 days suitable for field work. While the precipitation is needed to restore subsoil moisture, many areas are experiencing surpluses in topsoil moisture. The cold damp weather has prevented fields from drying out, making planting and harvesting activities near impos- sible in soggy fields. Topsoil rated in surplus supply is 26 percent, an increase of 2 percent from the previous week and 12 percent from two weeks ago. Subsoil is 6 percent surplus, up 4 percent from both the previous week and two weeks ago. Soybean harvest has fallen further behind schedule. Fields have been too wet for harvest- ing activities to keep up with normal progress. Soybeans are 23 percent harvested, advancing only 3 percent from the previous week, 42 percent behind last year and 27 percent behind the five-year average. Small grain seeding progress was also minimal. Winter wheat planting advanced only 3 per- cent from the previous week. Wheat is fil percent planted, 15 percent less than last year and 8 percent less than the five-year average. Winter wheat condition is rated 12 percent excellent, 80 percent good, and 8 percent fair. Barley planting is nearing completion at 86 percent, 4 percent behind last year and matching the average. Barley is rated at 8 percent excellent con- dition, 69 percent good, and 23 percent fair. DNREC offers environmental conservation assistance grants As part of the implementation of the environmental conservation component of Gov. Ruth Ann Minner's Livable Delaware Initia- tive, the Delaware Coastal Pro- gram of DNREC's Division of Soil and Water Conservation, in cooperation with the Delaware Office of State Planning Coordi- nation, is offering grants totaling $100,000 to promote the use of conservation design for develop- ing areas of the state and to assist in the management of open space conservation areas in residential developments. Local governments interested in conservation design and residen- tial community groups that man- age open space lands can receive competitive grants of up to $20,000. Preproposals must be submitted by Dec. 16. Funds may be used for: The development of local ordi- nances that provide the legal au- thority to utilize conservation de- sign in Delaware. The development of conserva- tion design standard s for inclusion in local comprehensive land use plans. The completion of natural re- source and habitat assessments (including GIS mapping and analysis of natural resources) when this work is being complet- ed to enable a local jurisdiction to better identify critical resource ar- eas or landscape characteristics needed to plan for conservation design. The implementation of habitat restoration and management pro- jects in open space areas set aside for conservation purposes as part Of the development process in Delaware. Local education activities that promote the use of conservation design practices. Conservation design is a process by which land is devel- oped in an ecologically sensitive way. It considers the specific land- scape and parcel features and works within the environmental constraints they present. For ex- ample, it usually incorporates more open space that can be man- aged for active uses and for envi- ronmental conservation purposes, minimizes the amount of impervi- ous surfaces, provides for innova- tive stormwater design, protects existing quality habitat areas, and restores degraded habitats. In short, according to David B. Carter, Division of Soil and Water Conservation environmental pro- gram manager, "It is a process that melds the good things of past and present development approaches to build better communities, pro- tect more of the environment, and reduce the public's cost to pay for infrastructure." For more information on grant criteria, contact Carter at 302- 739-3451. Russetted fruits and vegetables can keep you in the pink Gardens are often synonymous with color. Some of our colors come directly from the plant world, such as orange named after the fruit of the same color. Other garden colors have a more cir- cuitous route. Take 'pink.' The word pink is derived from the similar Dutch word "pinck." Yet, there are two theories about how this word became our word for color. One theory is that pink came from pinck, meaning "small', which is why our little finger is called the "pinky." Then there is the Dutch phrase "pinck oogen" meaning "small eyes" a phrase that the English borrowed and in the 1700s gave to the common English cottage-garden species Dianthus. Dianthus has been called "pinks" ever since. Dutch "pinck" can also mean a "hole," so we get "pinking shears" scissor that cut ornamental marks or holes in cloth. This meaning of "pink" was applied to hole-shaped flowers of Dianthus. So the color pink comes from the plant "pinks" " : 4 ' , GARDEN JOURNAL Paul Barbano and not the other way round. In English fox hunting, the hunters wore scarlet jackets called "pinks." So if are wearing your pink, you are ready to go hunting and "in the pink." This brings us to russet. From Old French "rousset", this means a shade of brownish red. In gar- dening russetting is a desirable rough scaly skin that seems to Continued on page 84 Russetted fruits are often seen as less than perfect so have fallen out of favor. Still, total fruit russetting is a desirable characteristic of the pear "Beurre Bose." - -I - III