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University of Maryland Extension - Dorchester County Agriculture Program

2016 Disease and Nematode Management in Field Crops
The 2016 Disease and Nematode Management in FieldCrops guide is available for download HERE. 

2016 Mid-Atlantic Field Crop Weed Management Guide
Get your brand new 2016 Mid-Atlantic Field Crop Weed Management Guide while it’s hot! This is a new publication that provides strategies and herbicide tables for managing weeds in corn, sorghum, soybeans, small grains, legumes, grass forages, and pastures. This regional guide was produced by specialists from Penn State, University of Delaware, University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University. It includes specific management information that includes all the new herbicide recommendations. Copies are available at the Extension office for $20 or free download HERE. 

New "Maryland Grain" Page
A new "Maryland Grain" page. The Maryland Grain Page provides Extension and Research activities for agronomic crops. Resources include agronomy news, agronomy meeting recordings and other production related information. More information HERE.

Time to get out in your wheat fields-
From Dr. Nathan Kleczewski’s recent blog post regarding Striped Rust:
The fungus produces yellow to orange pustules that will rub off on your hands, leaving a rusty residue. Often the pathogen will form pustules in strips following the leaf veins (Figure 1). Under cool wet conditions the pathogen can spread rapidly on susceptible varieties. If stripe rust is detected, applications of a premix fungicide at early flag leaf will provide excellent control, provided that significant infections have not already occurred. Fungicides containing a strobilurin – (QoI, Group 11) fungicides should not be applied later than Feekes 8/9. Make sure you scout your fields and assess it for diseases before pulling the trigger. Look for foliar disease symptoms on upper, green foliage. In addition to stripe rust, look for leaf blotch complex (tan spot, Stagonospora) and powdery mildew. Temperatures have been colder than optimal for these diseases of late, but it is always best to check to see if diseases are present and where they are located in the canopy. In dense canopies the microclimate can differ from the ambient conditions, sometimes promoting disease. More information HERE.

Stripe rust has been detected in Hurlock, MD (4/16).  Growers and scouts on the Delmarva should check wheat over the next few weeks, as the forecast continues to look favorable for potential disease development. The stripe rust fungus produces yellow to orange pustules that will rub off on your hands, leaving a rusty residue.   For more information about stripe rust see the following links. 

There are 91,954 acres of crop land in Dorchester County, producing a wide variety of crops including: soybeans, wheat, barley, corn, sorghum, potato, fruit and vegetable crops.  It ranked #5 in the state for commercial broiler poultry with the production of around 29,000,000 chickens from just over 75 poultry operators. There is some hog and beef production as well.

Extension serves to help farmers manage the vast array of production and marketing issues. Agent consults with university specialists on problems and issues that confront agriculture ranging from legislative to production issues and brings these specialists to the county when appropriate to share their knowledge and expertise.

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Please call Emily Zobel at (410) 228-8800 if you have any questions or email

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