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Soil Fertility Recommendations: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium Requirements of Miscanthus

Introduction:Miscanthus x giganteus (miscanthus) is an emerging bioenergy crop with growing interest in Maryland as an alternative poultry bedding material. This extension bulletin outlines the development of soil fertility recommendations based on review of current literature for miscanthus...

Thriving Naturally in 4-H

Introduction:Nature Deficit Disorder is a term coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 book, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.” It refers to the psychological, physical and cognitive consequences stemming from a lack of time in nature. The disconnect between...

Animal Welfare is Essential to the Sustainability of the Poultry Industry Program

Introduction:Animal welfare is oftentimes housed under the same umbrella as sustainability because improvements in both are viewed as progress towards the future. In other words, any improvement in animal welfare also improves the sustainability of production or potentially has less impact on the...

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs): Irrigation Water Treatment for High E. coli Levels

Introduction:What should you do if your water test results show that levels of generic E. coli exceed the maximum recommended amount? Before investing in a system to clean and sanitize your irrigation water, do a visual survey of your water sources to investigate what is causing the elevated...

Understanding Farm Energy

How much energy is used on Maryland farms? The energy used to perform many routine crop and livestock operations may cost your farm several hundred or thousands of dollars each month. On average, 15% of agricultural production costs in the United States are spent on the fuels and electricity used...

Remote Setting Systems: Producing Spat on Shell Oyster Seed for Aquaculture

Remote setting is a technique that uses hatchery larvae to produce spat on shell for planting oyster grounds. The method has been successfully employed as a key part in building the Maryland oyster aquaculture industry. This manual covers system components, operation and management and is used for...

Get Hooked! Seafood’s Role in a Healthy Diet

Seafood provides essential nutrients that can help prevent disease and improve quality of life. The FDA and EPA advise eating eight to twelve ounces of seafood every week. However, national data indicates Americans are under consuming seafood products (only five ounces per week) and may be...

Maryland 4-H Volunteer Needs Assessment

The Maryland 4-H Volunteer Needs Assessment is an IRB approved research study IRBNet Package # 1227441-1. It was created to identify the volunteer development needs of Certified UME 4-H Volunteers based on the domains and competencies of the Volunteer Research and Knowledge Competency Taxonomy...

Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish: Invasive, but Delicious and Nutritious

Blue Catfish is an invasive fish species in the Chesapeake Bay. Increasing commercial harvest and consumption is one way to reduce their numbers in our Bay. This fact sheet aims to enhance public awareness on this invasive species as a new commercial fishery resource and support this newly...

What is Chilling Injury in Peaches, What Causes it, and How Can You Manage it?

Peaches have a short shelf life capacity, thus are susceptible to high spoilage. Therefore, peaches destined for the wholesale market need to be harvested mature but not fully ripe, and submitted to cold storage to delay the ripening process. Chilling injury (CI) is a physiological disorder...

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