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Updated: March 25, 2021

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.
Updated: January 29, 2021

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.
Updated: April 6, 2021

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.
Updated: January 13, 2021

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.
Updated: March 29, 2021

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.
Updated: January 7, 2021

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.
Updated: January 5, 2021

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.
Updated: January 5, 2021

A Tenure Track Cohort Case Study

A recent innovation in faculty retention has been to encourage tenure-track faculty who will be going up for tenure together to form a cohort that will work together throughout the tenure process. This cohort serves as a support network and a professional community of practice. The 2021 Cohort of University of Maryland Extension and authors of this brief found that the initiation of the cohort and the dedication and commitment of the cohort members are both necessary to make the cohort model a success. This fact sheet documents the group's plan of action through year 1, provides lessons learned and helpful hints and a highlight for year 2. It is intended to help future tenure track cohorts navigate a similar path and perhaps lessen the stress along the way.
Updated: April 12, 2021

A Guide to Septic Systems and Maintenance

Septic systems, also referred to as onsite wastewater treatment, are a well-established and effective tool for treating waste for homes, businesses, churches and small communities. If you are one of the 420,000+ homeowners in Maryland with a septic system, then you are responsible for maintaining the system to ensure effective operation and prolong its life. This folder contains information that will help you maintain your septic system properly.
Updated: February 7, 2021

Will They Buy It? Consumer Willingness to Pay for Agricultural Products Irrigated with Recycled Water

Due to increasing stress on existing water resources, many farmers are considering alternative water sources to maintain the long-term sustainability of production. One option is recycled water, highly treated municipal wastewater that is then used for agricultural and other beneficial purposes. Farmers have expressed interest in recycled water but want to know if consumers would buy products made with it. This document is a summary of results from economics experiments on consumer willingness to pay for agricultural products made with recycled water, including how different types of information affect consumer willingness to pay for these products.