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This edition of Agronomy News contains information on potassium and small grains, scotch thistle, orchardgrass decline, minute pirate bug and herbicide news.More info
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Frequently Asked Questions: Organic Crops and GMO Pollen Cross-Contamination

Photo by John Severns, Source Wikicommons This post should not be construed as legal advice For the most part, crops are in the ground and growing now, but issues can exist when we have genetically modified organism (GMO) crops growing near organics. Let’s talk about GMO contamination of organic...

Sassafras Creek Farm Tour: Improving Efficiency on your Farm

Monday, Apr. 27, 2015 - 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Sassafras Creek Farm
Sassafras Creek Farm is a certified organic vegetable operation located in Southern Maryland. Farmers David and Jennifer Paulk cultivate approximately six acres, including two high tunnels and strawberries. David will give an in-depth farm tour, focused on how newer farmers can increase their...

Managing the Weed Seedbank with Cover Crops and Tillage

University of Maryland Department of Entomology * Post-Doctoral Research Associate , ** Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Weed control is a principal concern for vegetable growers. The adoption of sustainable agricultural techniques can reduce land managers' dependency on expensive or...

Offing Cover Crops for Weed Suppression: Featuring the Roller Crimper and Other Mechanical Contraptions

! Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, $ Graduate Student and * Faculty Research Associate University of Maryland, Department of Entomology No-Till (NT) Cover Crop Termination Cover crops are an integral component of conservation practices. As part of a vegetable or field crop’s rotation...

The Plight of Clint and His Monoculture Practices

$ SESYNC intern, # Graduate student and !Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, University of MD Dept. of Entomology The dark, gloomy sky seemed to mirror Clint’s mood as he stood before his barren field. The eggplant harvest had just been completed, but the usual joy and feeling of success...

Using Flowering Plants to Help Parasitic Wasps Attack Stink Bug Eggs

$ Graduate Student , * Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Parasitic wasps are beneficial wasps that generally lay their eggs inside the egg, immature or adult stage of another insect commonly called its host. Eggs of these wasps then hatch, leaving the larval wasp which resembles a maggot...

The Stale Seedbed Technique: A Relatively Underused Alternative Weed Management Tactic for Vegetable Production

Background problem Weed management in vegetable cropping systems typically consists of crop rotation, manual weeding, weed mats, herbicides, and cultivation. Herbicide options in conventional and organically grown vegetables are limited because of infrequent registration of new herbicides and...

Fungal Entomopathogens: An Enigmatic Pest

Student Research Assistant(1), Associate Professor and Extension Specialist(2) University of Maryland Department of Entomology Entomopathogens as Insecticides Entomopathogens are bacteria, fungi, protozoans or viruses that can infect and subsequently cause disease in insects and other arthropods...

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