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Updated: April 20, 2022
By R. David Myers

November 1, 2021  |  Volume 12, Issue 7

Basil Downy Mildew Cultivar Study

By Jerry Brust, Extension IPM Vegetable Specialist, University of Maryland, and Karen Rane, Director, Plant Diagnostic Clinic, University of Maryland

Summary: This study examined five cultivars (Passion, Obsession, Devotion, Thunderstruck and Prospera) of basil that are reported to have resistance to basil downy mildew with a susceptible cultivar (Aroma). A field trial was planted in July and harvested throughout the summer and fall. Four of the five cultivars...Read more

Spring-Seeded Grass Cover Crops in Watermelon Production

By Kurt Vollmer, Weed Management Specialist, University of Maryland Extension

Commercially acceptable weed control is difficult to achieve in plasticulture vegetables even with pre- and post-emergent herbicide applications. These applications often do not provide season long weed control between rows. Moreover, several weed species have become...Read more

Fuji Apple Fruit Quality: Effect of Harvest Maturity and Storage Temperatures

By Macarena Farcuh, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland

Fuji apples are among the top cultivars produced in the US. This late season cultivar stands out for its great quality and consumer acceptability, as well as for its good storage potential. Nevertheless, overall Fuji apple fruit quality can be impacted by several factors, including environmental...Read more

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Advanced Photography Training: Learn How to Take Good Nature Photos

Date: November 13, 2021  | Saturday
Time: 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person
Description: This training is for past Covert Project Cooperators/Maryland Woodland Stewards who want to learn from national photography expert Edwin Remsburg ( how to take pictures of wildlife, landscapes, woodlands, and people using a smartphone or regular 35mm. Click for more information and to register

  • Adult spotted lanternfly

    Marylanders Encouraged to Keep a Lookout for this Invasive Pest

    If you suspect you have found a spotted lanternfly, then report the sighting and location information to the Maryland Department of Agriculture at MD Spotted Lanternfly Online Survey. The link to the survey is under the picture "REPORT SPOTTED LANTERNFLY HERE"

  • Laptop screen with Women in Agriculture Wednesday Webinars printed inside

    Women In Ag Wednesday Webinars

    Webinars are offered on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. They are FREE and open to all!

Increasing Soil Health and Sequestering Carbon in Agricultural Soils: A Natural Climate Solution

By Sara Via, Professor of Entomology, University of Maryland

A very comprehensive look at soil health and how agricultural practices that increase soil health also sequester carbon in the soil, making agriculture part of the climate solution. The book entails a complete list of recommended NRCS carbon sequestering practices and how they store carbon, as well as their economic and environmental co-benefits and how to structure outreach programs to increase the adoption of these key practices.

Published by the Izaak Walton League of America and the National Wildlife Federation.

For a copy of the report: click here

Field Watch Banner

To register, go to For more information about FieldWatch, read this helpful resource or call the MDA’s Pesticide Regulation Section at 410-841-5710.

EPA Finalizes New, Stronger Safety Measures for Pesticide Paraquat

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the interim decision (ID) for the pesticide paraquat dichloride (paraquat) finalizing new, stronger safety measures to reduce exposure. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) requires the...Read more

Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) Food Safety Program

Agriculture is the largest commercial industry in Maryland contributing over $8 billion dollars to the state’s economy. The Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) began in 2013 in response to a realization that Maryland’s farm families need more information about the laws that impact their operations. ALEI is comprised of legal specialists and other extension specialists who help farmers...Read more

Food Safety of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

The University of Maryland Plant Science Department, Food Safety Group collaborates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture Food Quality Assurance Program, UMD Agriculture Law Education Initiative, and the University of Maryland Extension Food Safety to provide Maryland farmers and producers with support, education, and assistance in fresh produce safety. More about us on...Read more

Statewide Meetings for the 2022 Production Season

Fall is officially here, meaning your local Ag Agents are preparing for the 2021-2022 Winter Production Meetings. Please see the table for the meetings that are scheduled thus far.

Agriculture Extension Winter Crop Production Meetings Table
Pesticide and Nutrient Management Meetings
Row Crop and Forage Production MeetingsFruit and Vegetable Grower Meetings

Vegetable & Fruit News, November 1, 2021, Volume 12, Issue 7 (pdf)

Vegetable & Fruit News is a timely publication for the commercial vegetable and fruit industry available electronically in 2021 from April through October on the following dates: April 15, May 13, June 10, July 15, August 19, September 9, and October 28 (Special Research & Meeting Edition). Published by the University of Maryland Extension Focus Teams: 1) Agriculture and Food Systems; and 2) Environment and Natural Resources.

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R. David Myers
Extension Educator, Agriculture, and Natural Resources
97 Dairy Lane
Gambrills, MD 21054
Phone: (410) 222-3906

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