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Apr 01, 2020

Hatching Eggs at Home

Hatching eggs at home can be a rewarding way to increase the size of your flock, while teaching family and friends about embryology. While chicken eggs are the most common eggs to hatch, eggs from other species can be incubated as well. As always, before starting a hatching project, make sure you have everything in place to take care of the chicks when they hatch and that you comply with all state and local laws.
Apr 01, 2020

Understanding Credit And Credit Reports

If you ever plan to take out a loan or you currently owe money to another party, you need to understand credit and credit reports. Credit is the ability of a borrower to receive something (often money) in exchange to return the money to the lender at a later point in time. For example, when you buy a car, a bank (lender) provides the money to you (borrower). In exchange, the lender charges you interest. The interest charged is determined by several factors based upon your credit report. Therefore, it is important for you to monitor your credit report. Let’s take a minute to provide greater insight on credit and credit reports.
Feb 01, 2020

The Right Tree for Your Lawn--Planting Trees to Help Improve Chesapeake Bay Water Quality

Trees provide life-giving oxygen and food, regulate temperatures, sequester carbon, and yield raw materials for building. Trees also are a source of simple beauty and they utilize nutrients as they grow. If you look at the cost of buying and maintaining trees, they are a pretty good bargain when it comes to improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. When selecting trees for their property, a homeowner should consider intended function (privacy screening, shade, etc.), budget, size and the quantity of trees needed. This report also provides important information about how to plant, water, fertilize and mulch trees to ensure that they continue to thrive and contribute to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
Feb 01, 2020

Seven Steps to Writing Journal Articles

Writing for professional journals is a learned skill that takes practice to excel. This fact sheet will share seven general steps to help emerging authors to begin grooming their academic writing skills.
Feb 01, 2020

Pollinator Friendly Plant Production 2: Controlling Insect Pests

Customers want pollinator friendly plants, but producing an aesthetically pleasing plant typical involves the use of control materials to keep insect damage to a minimum. This fact sheet provides information on methods and materials that will help you reduce pest insect damage in the greenhouse without resulting in a plant that will be toxic to pollinators in your customer's yard. This information is suitable for growing all types of plants, but we focus on native plants precisely because they support so much insect life. First we describe the use of natural enemies, such as beneficial insects and beneficial microbes, which offer longer term, more satisfactory results than pesticidal chemicals. Then we discuss reduced toxicity sprays that have short residual activity.
Jan 01, 2020

With Buildings Preparing to Reopen, It’s Time to Think About Stagnant Water and Health Risks

This is an infographic increasing awareness of potential water quality and health risks (lead, copper and Legionella bacteria) associated with reopening buildings that have been closed for an extended period.
Jan 01, 2020

Kids Growing with Grains Virtual Field Trip

Thank you for your interest in the Kids Growing with Grains Virtual Field Trip. In each section, you will find two to three lessons to assign your students. You can choose any of the lessons. You do not need to do them in any particular order or use all of the lessons. Please pick those lessons that are best for you and your students.
Jan 01, 2020

Con los edificios preparándose para reabrir, es hora de pensar en el agua estancada y los riesgos para la salud

Los cierres de edificios durante una pandemia reducen el uso de agua, generando agua es-tancada dentro de las tuberías. Esta agua puede ser insegura para beber o para otros fines per-sonales o comerciales. Los CDC y la EPA recomiendan que los administradores y propietarios de edificios se informen y tomen las medidas necesarias para limpiar las tuberías del edificio antes de reabrir.
Jan 01, 2020

Alfalfa Weevil A Pest of Early Season Alfalfa

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is an important forage crop for dairy and beef cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, and horses. In Maryland, alfalfa weevil, Hypera postica (Gyllenhal) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), occasionally cause significant damage on susceptible cultivars. Alfalfa weevil was first detected in Utah in 1904, and has since spread throughout the contiguous United States. It was first detected in Maryland in 1951. Efforts to suppress alfalfa weevil populations in Maryland have been largely successful because of biological control, but continued monitoring and management programs are vital to avoid localized pest outbreaks.