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Updated: October 9, 2023

October 2023  |  Volume 14, Issue 7

2023/2024 UME Pesticide & Nutrient Management Trainings

Training opportunities through UMD Extension. Click on topic below to see course/class offerings.

  • Pesticide Certifications

  • Agricultural Nutrient Management Meetings

EPA Hosting Webinar on Understanding Bulletins Live! Two System

Environmental Protection Agency press release

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a public webinar on Thursday November 9, 2023, to provide an overview of the Bulletins Live! Two system. The webinar will include information on the...Read more about EPA Hosting Webinar on Understanding Bulletins Live!

The school offers a 2 ½-day in person format with a variety of breakout sessions. Individuals needing training in soil and water, nutrient management, crop management, and pest management can create their own schedule by choosing from 5 program options offered each hour. Emphasis is placed on new and advanced information with group discussion and interaction encouraged. For more information go to

Scout for Aphids in Small Grains

Kelly Hamby, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Maryland and David Owens, Extension Entomologist, University of Delaware

BYDV, and planting varieties with at least some tolerance can help. Unfortunately, resistant varieties are not available in barley. Finally, monitoring and managing the aphid...Read more about Scout for Aphids in Small Grains.

2022-2023 Cover Crop Growth and Tillage

Jarrod Miller, Extension Agronomist, University of Delaware

For all crops, initial establishment is as important as fertility in maximum yield. The same principles adhere to cover crop growth, with earlier establishment and good seed to...Read more about 2022-2023 Cover Crop Growth and Tillage.

On-Farm Trials Flyer
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Tar Spot Confirmed in Additional Counties in Maryland

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

During the month of September we have confirmed the presence of tar spot of corn in four additional counties in Maryland. Fields with tar spot...Read more about Tar Spot Confirmed in Additional Counties in Maryland.

Updated Tax Credits and Expansion to Certifications Offer Maryland Farmers New Resources

Maryland Department of Agriculture press release

Updates in legislation will impact Maryland farmers this year as enhanced tax credits are now available for food...Read more about Tax Credits and Expansion Certifications.

Farm Storage Facility Loan Program

USDA Farm Service Agency

The Farm Storage Facility Loan Program (FSFL) provides low-interest financing so producers can build or upgrade...Read more about the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program.

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The University of Maryland Extension is seeking dedicated individuals to join our team as Nutrient Management Advisors. Our mission is to provide educational programs and resources to Maryland farmers, helping them implement environmentally responsible nutrient management practices. As a Nutrient Management Advisor, you will play a crucial role in helping Maryland farmers develop and implement nutrient management plans. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about agriculture, have strong communication and organizational skills, and an understanding of farming operations and computer systems. There are multiple positions statewide at various locations, more information is available at


The University of Maryland, College Park is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer; all qualified applicants, including veterans and people with disabilities, will receive consideration for employment. UMD is actively engaged in recruiting, hiring, and promoting underrepresented communities.

Cost-Share For Manure Transport & Injection

Maryland Department of Agriculture press release

The Maryland Department of Agriculture reminds farmers that cost-share funding is available to help cover the cost of hauling all types of...Read more about Cost-Share for Manure Transport & Injection.

  • September 2023 Grain Market Report

  • Maryland Weather Outlook

  • University of Maryland Agronomy Faculty Directory

  • Maryland Regional Crop Reports

Download Agronomy News, October 2023, Vol. 14, Issue 7 (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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Andrew Kness
Agriculture Extension Agent University of Maryland Extension
3525 Conowingo Rd., Suite 600
Street, MD 21154
(410) 638-3255