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Toxic Plant Profile: Sorghums This article originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Harford County's "Ag Notes" newsletter.
Improve Spring Pastures by Amending in Fall     Although fall marks the end of the growing season and is harvest time for most other crops, it’s the best time to make improvements to pasture. Are there bare spots in your pastures? Has it been really weedy this year? Are you considering some minor renovations to enhance next year’s growth? If so, FALL is the time to act!
Jump Start Your Fall Marketing Season Now Mastering Marketing - August 2015
Keeping Horses on a Budget Horses are expensive to care for, and the costs can quickly become burdensome unless they are managed carefully. It is possible, however, to reduce horse care costs while providing a high standard of care.
Soil Organic Matter As part of soil testing, we have an option to choose to test soil level Organic Matter (OM).  In general, folks know that higher OM levels are more desirable. However, in many cases, there is an extra charge. So why is it important to know the levels of organic matter in our soils? Organic Matter Defined
Toxic Plant Profile: Prunus Species All 400-plus Prunus species are toxic to livestock. Prunus is a genus comprised of both deciduous and evergreen plants, but the most commonly recognized species are the stone fruits: cherries, peaches, plums, almonds, apricots, and nectarines. All parts of the plant are toxic except the mature fruits.
Best Practices for Animal Quarantine Quarantining new and sick animals is a practice that most livestock producers are familiar with. With the spreading avian flu predicted to reach Maryland in the coming months, it’s also something that’s been on the forefront of my mind recently. We all know that quarantine is important in reducing the spread of disease, but it must be done properly to be effective.
Highlights from the Harford County Agricultural Needs Assessment Harford County, located in north central Maryland, is largely a suburban county but still retains a significant and thriving agricultural industry with 75,000 acres (27%) of the county’s land area devoted to farming. Population and development in the county have increased over the past decade, however, which has created many obvious pressures for the industry.
Toxic Plant Profile: Hemlock There are two types of hemlock: water hemlock and poison hemlock. Although counterintuitive, water hemlock is ten times more poisonous than poison hemlock.
Toxic Plants and Accidental Poisoning Many plants that are commonly found in and around pastures and hay fields can cause poisoning in livestock animals. In many cases it may be impossible to completely remove all toxic plants, but having the proper knowledge about how to manage against poisoning by toxic plants can be enough to prevent it.
Plants that Attract Pollinators and Natural Enemies 2015 In this presentation plants that gardeners and growers could use to attract both pollinators and natural enemies to their vegetable crops are discussed.
Disease Management - Botrytis Botrytis is the major disease on a grower's radar screen Infections can occur early in the season during bloom and later in the season from bunch closing on to harvest.
Early Season Insect Management: Flea Beetles Identification and Biology Grape Flea beetles, Altica spp. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), are small (4-5 mm), oval shaped, metallic blue-purple beetles that jump when disturbed. Grape flea beetles overwinter as adults and become active on warm April days when grape buds begin to swell. Adult beetles are most numerous following mild winters.
Early Season Insect Management: Climbing Cutworms This general term applies to the larvae (caterpillars) of a large number of butterfly/moth species (Lepidoptera) in the noctuid family that feed on buds, young shoots and leaves. Cutworm damage most commonly occurs in vineyards with weeds under the trellis or mulch, and in sandy or light colored soils.
Early-Season Disease Management Growers should apply a series of protectant fungicide sprays to new shoots to protect them from several diseases, beginning shortly after bud break.
Garlic Problems in 2015 April 15, 2015
Selecting a Tow Vehicle (FS-955) The horse trailer is only half of the towing rig; selecting the appropriate vehicle to haul your trailer is just as important as selecting the trailer itself.
Managing the Weed Seedbank with Cover Crops and Tillage University of Maryland Department of Entomology*Post-DoctoralResearch Associate, **Associate Professor and Extension Specialist  
Offing Cover Crops for Weed Suppression: Featuring the Roller Crimper and Other Mechanical Contraptions !Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, $Graduate Student and *Faculty Research AssociateUniversity of Maryland, Department of Entomology  
The Plight of Clint and His Monoculture Practices $SESYNC intern, # Graduate student and !Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, University of MD Dept. of Entomology  
Using Flowering Plants to Help Parasitic Wasps Attack Stink Bug Eggs $Graduate Student, *Associate Professor and Extension Specialist

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