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Updated: May 3, 2024

April 2024  |  Volume 15, Issue 1

    UME Wants to Scout Your Cover Crops!

    UME was recently awarded a grant from the Maryland Soybean Board to investigate whether stink bugs and other insect pests use cover crops overwinter and what that means for the following cash crop. We are looking for fields on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to scout, in which the cover crop will be terminated at the end of April or during May and will preferably them to be followed by soybeans. If you have a field(s) you'd like us to scout, or for more information, please contact Emily Zobel by email at or by phone at 410-228-8800

    Organic Grain Transition Survey

    For a variety of reasons, farmers may want to convert part or all of their grain production to certified organic. However, this transition can be challenging and risky. University of Maryland and Future Harvest would like to gain insight into the barriers preventing grain farmers from transitioning fields to certified organic production. This will help us tailor educational and research programs to best help farmers that are interested in transitioning acreage. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes of your time and answers will be confidential and not linked to any individual. By completing the survey, you will have the option to enter into a drawing to win one of five $100 VISA gift cards.

    • University of Maryland Agronomy Faculty Directory

    • Maryland Weather Outlook

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    Agronomy News is a statewide newsletter for farmers, consultants, researchers, and educators interested in grain and row crop forage production systems. This newsletter is published by the University of Maryland Extension, Agriculture & Food Systems Agronomy Team every month during the growing season and will include topics pertinent to agronomic crop production. The subscription is free. 

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    Andrew Kness
    Agriculture Extension Agent University of Maryland Extension
    3525 Conowingo Rd., Suite 600
    Street, MD 21154
    (410) 638-3255