Harford County Agriculture and Nutrient Management

Hello, Harford County!

Whether you are a farmer, thinking about starting a farm enterprise, or just seeking more information about agriculture, the Extension Office can help. 

Agricultural Science Agent, Andy Kness, coordinates the agriculture program in Harford County and specializes in:

Agronomy Forages Grazing Systems
Horticulture Nutrient Management Pasture Management
Pesticide Training Plant Pathology Soil

We also have direct access to University of Maryland specialists who can help with questions about agronomic crops, vegetable and fruit crops, greenhouse and nursey crops, dairy, livestock, poultry, and land, forest, and wildlife management.

In addition, special yearly programming in Harford County includes:

  • Private applicator pesticide certification,
  • Nutrient management voucher training,
  • Equine seminars,
  • Pasture walks, and a
  • Mid-Winter Agronomy Meeting. 

Nutrient Management

The University of Maryland Extension's Agricultural Nutrient Management program provides no-cost nutrient management plans, minus the cost of analyses, to Maryland farmers.  The Harford County Nutrient Management Advisor is Patricia Hoopes.

Patricia works with Harford County producers to develop nutrient management plans that balance nutrient application rates with crop nutrient requirements. She can also provide assistance with pre-sidedress nitrate tests (PSNT) for corn and equipment calibration.

For more information on the Nutrient Management Program, please contact her at phoopes@umd.edu.


Soil Testing

Although the University of Maryland Soil Testing Lab has closed, there are many other labs available that conduct soil analysis. For more information, see our Comparison of Soil Test Labs bulletin. This comparison provides MD producers who must obtain a nutrient management plan a list of approved labs that can be used for their nutrient management plan development.  Please note that specific sampling procedures need to be followed. Producers required to obtain a nutrient management plan for their operation should follow these sampling procedures, rather than the lab's sampling instructions.