Agronomy News Header August 2021 Issue
Updated: February 6, 2024

August 2021  |  Volume 12, Issue 5

Small Grain Variety Trials

Vijay Tiwari, Assistant Professor, and Nidhi Rawat, Small Grains Pathologist, University of Maryland, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

Results of the 2021 Maryland Wheat and Barley Variety Trials are now available. The trials evaluate wheat and barley yield, head scab/DON, and growth of select varieties planted across...Read more>>

August IPM Insect Scouting Tips

Emily Zobel, Senior Agriculture Agent Associate, University of Maryland Extension-Dorchester County

Soybean: Continue to scout for stink bugs, dectes stem borer, and defoliators (bean leaf beetle, Japanese beetle, grasshoppers, and caterpillars). Control may be needed if...Read more>>

How bad is bad? Soybean defoliation and new tools for assessing it

Maria Cramer, Graduate Student, and Kelly Hamby, Extension Entomologist, University of Maryland, Department of Entomology

As soybean plants mature, tolerance for defoliating pests drops from about 30-35% during the vegetative stages to closer to 15-20% during the reproductive stages (flowering and pod fill). Any defoliation can look...Read more>>

Corn Earworm Trap Captures Up, and New Web Page for Updates

Alan Leslie, Agriculture Agent, University of Maryland Extension-Charles County

A few hot spots where corn earworm (also known as tomato fruitworm, soybean podworm, and sorghum headworm) activity is starting to rise have been identified in...Read more>>

Japanese Stiltgrass Identification and Management

Kelly Nichols, Agriculture Agent, University of Maryland Extension-Montgomery County

Japanese stiltgrass is an invasive grass that is typically seen in wooded areas. It likes shaded, wet areas and can easily take over the forest understory. Unfortunately, it can also creep into...Read more>>

Hurry Joins Frederick County AgFS Extension

Agriculture and Food Systems (AgFS) Extension is pleased to welcome Jarette Hurry to the team. Jarette is the new Frederick County AgFS Extension Educator and the AgFS team looks forward to working alongside him to provide...Read more>>

The Ag Census Counts

Jodi Letterman, Public Affairs Specialist, United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service

No other agricultural data series is quite like the Census of Agriculture. Every five years, American producers share information about themselves and their operations, contributing to a historical legacy that engages us whether we are looking...Read more>>

Stockpiling Pasture for Fall and Winter Grazing

Amanda Grev, Forage and Pasture Management Specialist, University of Maryland Extension

With August upon us, we may still be feeling the heat of the summer at the moment but whether or not we’re ready, cooler temperatures are just around the corner and it’s...Read more>>

  • Maryland Weather Outlook

  • Maryland Regional Crop Reports

  • UMD Agronomy Faculty Directory

  • Pesticide Disposal Program

  • LEAD Maryland Accepting Applications for Class XII

Annual 4R Field Day

The 5th and annual 4R Field Day will be held at Chesapeake Farms in Chestertown, Maryland! Farmers, agribusinesses, non-profit organizations, as well as government and academic partners are invited to attend on August 26. Register at:

The Delaware-Maryland 4R Alliance is a collaboration between agribusinesses, farmers, government agencies, conservation groups, and scientists. The alliance is working to ensure through education and outreach that every nutrient application in Delaware and Maryland will be made according to the 4Rs.

If you would like to sponsor, please contact Jenell Eck at or call (443) 262-8491.

Transitioning to Organic Grain: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free program but registration is required (continuing education credits offered and a box lunch is included)
Registration: To register or request special accommodations call Somerset Extension Office at (410) 651-1350 or email Sarah Hirsh at
Location: Lower Eastern Shore Research and Education Center, Popular Hill, 24094 Nanticoke Road, Quantico, MD
Topics: Fertility for organic grain, Managing weeds in organic grain, perspectives from an organic farmer, Soil quality Demonstrations and Discussion, and Interactive budgeting and business planning for an organic grain operation.

A Data Driven 4R Field Day

Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, but registration is required. (deadline Monday, September 6)
Location: Indian Springs Farm, 856 Pristford Road, Darlington, MD 21034

The Delaware-Maryland 4R Alliance is hosting a data driven field day. Compiled and analyzed farm data is a critical component to maximizing nutrient management. Members of the farming and agribusiness community are invited to Mr. Lee McDaniel’s picturesque, Indian Springs Farm to hear from our partners Willard and The Mill about different data management strategies and see Atlantic Tractor equipment that can optimizes data collection. Recognized 4R Advocate, Mr. Mike Kurek from Pennsylvania, will be the Keynote Speaker.

This event is free and lunch will be provided. The deadline for registration is Monday, September 6, 2021.

Click here to register

Department Offers Maryland Farmers One-Time Bonus for Approved CLEAR30 Enrollment

Maryland farmers who are enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) with contracts due to expire on Sept. 30, 2021, now have the opportunity to transition to a 30-year contract option through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Clean Lakes, Estuaries, And Rivers initiative (CLEAR30). To encourage participation, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) is ...Read more>>

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