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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
Fungal Entomopathogens: An Enigmatic Pest Student Research Assistant(1), Associate Professor and Extension Specialist(2)University of Maryland Department of Entomology
Fungal Entomopathogens: An Enigmatic Pest Student Research Assistant(1), Associate Professor and Extension Specialist(2)University of Maryland Department of Entomology
Virus Infections Common in Some Pumpkin Fields This Year Figure 1. Pumpkin plant infected with watermelon mosaic virus (WMV) August 12, 2014
Grape Berry Moth Although the Japanese beetle is rapidly moving to the top of the list in many areas of Maryland the grape berry moth (Paralobesia viteana; GBM) has typically been the most significant insect pest in the vineyard due to its direct and indirect damage to the berries and clusters.
Japanese Beetles Japanese beetles can periodically be a significant pest in Maryland vineyards. They create large holes in the younger leaves of vines and cause severe lacing and even fruit damage in heavy infestations. The population build up is typically periodic and cyclic and may require control tactics in years of large infestations.
Tomato Plastic Mulch and Shade Study Tomato plants were transplanted on 7 May 2012 into black (grower standard), white or reflective plastic mulch. Five different varieties of tomato were used: Mt Spring+, Celebrity, Mt Fresh+, Crista and Scarlet Red. When tomato plants began to develop fruit, a 30% shade cloth was randomly placed over 6-10 plants per row.
Virus Transmission by Striped Cucumber Beetle in Pumpkins Growers in the mid-Atlantic have been complaining about early season (late June early July) virus infections of their cucurbit crops, most notably pumpkins, squash and cucumbers and much less in watermelon and cantaloupe.
Keeping Horses on a Budget Horses are expensive to care for, and the expenses can quickly become burdensome unless they are managed carefully. It is possible, however, to keep horse care costs to a minimum while still providing a high standard of care.
High Beef Prices Ag Marketing - News Update Retail beef prices are at a 20 year high.  I have been asked why?  Why is beef so high? The reasons:
Organic Weed Control in No-Till Vegetable Systems Organic vegetable growers have a hard time managing weeds, as there are no reliable Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) chemicals for controlling grass or broad leaf weeds. Most of the time growers depend on tillage for weed control, but excess tillage can lead to destruction of soil structure and the loss of carbon from the soil.
Developing Management Units for Nutrient Management Planning Planning management units is one of the most important activities when developing a nutrient management plan. Many operators want to combine several fields into one management unit to reduce expenses and simplify fertilizer applications. This is an acceptable practice in some scenarios but not all. The following are points to consider when planning management units:
Soil Test Analysis Results: Take a Second Look A soil test analysis is one of the most important parts of the Nutrient Management Plan.  Typical farm management leads to certain expectations from soil testing. Occasionally folks come into the office with questionable results.
The annual Tri-County EAC Picnic Harford County Extension Advisory Council was proud to host the annual Tri-County Picnic on July 22, 2013, welcoming guests from throughout Harford, Baltimore and Carroll Counties to celebrate Extension and showcase its role in our local community. 
Ginseng, a Unique Alternative Crop This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of Harford County's "Ag Notes" newsletter.
Controlling Buttercup in Pastures As the warm summer days draw nearer, the yellow buttercup-ridden pastures of spring are starting to return to their normal green color. Buttercup is, in my opinion, one of the most annoying weeds. It’s toxic to livestock, spreads aggressively, and is difficult to control. Although it’s dying back a bit now, buttercup is a perennial so although less visible it’s not actually gone!

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