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Updated: July 8, 2024

June 2024  |  Volume 15, Issue 3

    • University of Maryland Agronomy Faculty Directory

    • Maryland Weather Outlook

    • Maryland Regional Crop Reports

    Drones In Agriculture

    Learn about the use of drones in agronomic production systems and what you will need to operate legally. Topics: Intro to drones in agriculture, equipment overview, what you need to operate legally, using drones for spraying and cover crop seeding, and drone demonstrations.


    • June 25, 2024 - Harford County Ag Center, 3525 Conowingo Rd., Street, MD. 21154
    • August 1, 2024 - Wye Research & Education Center,124 Wye Narrows Dr., Queenstown, MD. 21658
    • August 2, 2024 - Upper Marlboro Research & Education Center, 2005 Largo Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD. 20774

    For more details and registration, visit

    Maryland Weed Management Tour

    Date: June 26, 2024  |  Wednesday
    Time:  4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  | Cost: FREE (registration encouraged, but not required.)
    Location: Wye Research and Education Center, 211 Farm Lane, Queenstown, MD, 21658
    Description: Visit research and demonstration plots and get updates on weed management issues in the region.

    Forest Management for Wildlife Symposium: Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock, Young Forests, & More

    Date: Thursday, July 11, 2024 |  Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: 818 Cacapon Lodge Dr, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 (possible field trip after)
    Cost: Free of charge; $20 donations (or more, cash or check only) are welcome to defray costs.
    Register here:

    Why forest management?

    Forests are the #1 land cover in Maryland and much of the mid-Atlantic, but many of our forests lack a healthy understory and the structural and age diversity that can help support a wide variety of wildlife. Sustainable forest management practices can significantly enhance habitat and provide habitat for a diverse array of wildlife species.


    This symposium will provide landowners and land managers insights about how to implement forest management practices that can benefit a diversity of wildlife, including ruffed grouse, American woodcock, rabbits, wild turkey, golden-winged warblers, pollinators, and more. Specialists in wildlife, forestry, and financial incentive programs will present practical and sustainable tips for forest management, timber harvests, and financial incentives available to benefit wildlife on your property.

    Live Workshopping

    We plan to dedicate the final 45 minutes of the symposium for our speakers and specialists to rotate around the room to meet landowners and provide ideas and suggestions for forest management on printed maps of interested participant’s properties.

    If you own forestland and are interested in receiving live suggestions about your property as part of the workshop, please let us know in the registration page and we will reach out about printing a poster-size map of your property that can be workshopped live and in-person during the final session at the symposium.


    This symposium will be held live at Cacapon Resort State Park in Berkeley Springs, WV, on Thursday, July 11, 2024, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm (possible field trip after lunch). Lunch will be available to all, but we would welcome a $20 (or more) donation (cash or check only) to defray costs of venue and catering.

    The event will be streamed live on Zoom and recorded for future viewing (you will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link even if you choose to attend in-person).

    Download Agronomy News, June 2024, Vol. 15, Issue 3 (pdf)

    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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