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Updated: June 6, 2023

June 2023  |  Volume 14, Issue 3

Maryland Department of Agriculture Pivots Toward a More Options-Driven Nutrient Management Plan Writing Program

Maryland Department of Agriculture press release

Annapolis, MD (June 1, 2023) – The Maryland Department of Agriculture today announced a shift in its Nutrient Management Plan Writing Program that will focus on a new approach to education, training, and farmer empowerment. The decision to move to this new...Read more about the Nutrient Management Plan Writing Program

Bonus Cover Crop Program—Seeking Farmer Collaborators

Sarah Hirsh, Agriculture Agent, University of Maryland Extension, Somerset County

Cover crops can have various benefits such as scavenging nutrients, adding organic matter or nitrogen to the soil, reducing compaction, or competing with weeds. University of Maryland Extension is now offering a free service to consult with farmers to identify the top needs...Read more about the Cover Program

USDA Organic Transition Assistance Initiative

USDA press release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced details around its $75 million investment in conservation assistance for producers transitioning to organic production. As part of the multi-agency Organic Transition Initiative (OTI), USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will...Read more about the USDA Organic Transition Assistance Initiative.

May 2023 Grain Market Report (information from USDA WASDE report)

By Dale Johnson, Farm Management Specialist, University of Maryland Extension


The 2023/24 U.S. corn outlook is for larger production, greater domestic use... Read more about the Grain Market Report.

What a Droughty Spring Means for Corn and Soybeans

Andrew Kness, Senior Agriculture Agent, University of Maryland Extension, Harford County

The last many areas of the state picked up more than 0.5” of rain was over 30 days ago and we are currently running...Read more about What a Droughty Spring Means for Corn and Soybeans

Public Land & Private Partnerships Wildlife Seminar

Luke Macaulay, Wildlife Management Specialist, University of Maryland Extension

Please save the date of July 20, 2023, from 9am-2pm, for a symposium titled “Public Land & Private Partnerships for Early Succession Habitat.

Dramatic declines in pollinators and grassland and shrub-dependent birds like bobwhite quail, meadowlarks, and more highlight the need for habitat improvement efforts on a broad scale. Our vision is for this meeting to provide education, networking, and inspiration to facilitate habitat improvement efforts across the region.

Confirmed speakers include Secretary Kurtz of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Director Pat Emory of the Delaware Fish& Wildlife Division, Dan Murphy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and speakers from Washington College, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, private landowners and more.

Register now at Please share with other landowners and land managers interested in the topic.

The event will be held at the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel, Maryland. A list of speakers and the agenda will be forthcoming.

This event is being organized by Eddie Beck, Chapter Volunteer & President of the Chesapeake Bay Chapter Quail Forever, and Luke Macaulay, Wildlife Management Specialist with the University of Maryland Extension.

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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
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(410) 638-3255