Agronomy News Header May 2021 Issue
Updated: July 6, 2021

Changes to MACS Program

Paul Goeringer, Agriculture Legal Specialist, University of Maryland, Agriculture Law Education Initiative

Reposted from the Risk Management Education Blog. This is not a substitute for legal advice.

A bill (S.B. 344) passed by the Maryland State Legislature during the 2021 session changes the Maryland Agricultural Cost-Share (MACS) Program by increasing the allowable amount of State funding available for certain projects from 87.5% to 100%. The MACS Program is...Read more>>

Fusarium Head Blight Risk Assessment Tool

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

As of when I am writing this article, the risk of Fusarium head blight (FHB) on flowering wheat is very low across most of the region (Figure 1). As wheat approaches flowering, you can...Read more>>

Checklist for Fusarium Head Blight Fungicide Applications

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

As wheat approaches flowering, here is a final list of reminders/tips to make the most of your fungicide applications that are targeted to manage...Read more>>

Scouting Fields for Fusarium Head Blight

Alyssa Koehler, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, University of Delaware

Most barley has made it past flowering, with wheat fields approaching anthesis. Over the past few weeks, we have remained at...Read more>>

Pythium Root Rot in Corn

Alyssa Koehler, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, University of Delaware

Over the past few years, wet spring conditions have favored corn pre and post-emergence damping off caused by the oomycete pathogen, Pythium. Symptoms of...Read more>>

Considerations for Improving Hay Quality

Amanda Grev, Pasture & Forage Specialist, University of Maryland Extension

With a new growing season comes new opportunities, one of which is the opportunity to do a better job with making hay. With spring being a busy time of year, hay-making...Read more>>

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Seeks Applications for Associate Director Position

The University of Maryland seeks an Associate Director for the National Reporting, Coordination and Communications Office (NRCCO) of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.  This Associate Director position is...Read more>>

Department Seeks Applicants for Farming for Healthy Soils Program

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for farmers interested in enrolling their fields in the Farming for Healthy Soils program. Participating farmers will...Read more>>

Funding Now Available to Assist Farmers with Poultry Manure Storage

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced new cost-share assistance for the installation of satellite storage facilities on farms using poultry manure to improve soil health for crop production. Beginning May 1, 2021, Maryland farmers receiving manure...Read more>>

  • Herbicide Spray Tank Check Charts for Corn and Soybean

  • Fungicide Efficacy Tables for Control of Corn and Soybean Diseases

  • Pesticide Disposal Program

  • Maryland Weather Outlook

  • UMD Agronomy Faculty Directory

  • Maryland Regional Crop Reports

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Andrew Kness
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University of Maryland Extension
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