Updated: March 10, 2023
Sample Average Cost for Maryland
Prices and cost estimates are averages collected from retailers across the state. Input prices will vary by region, sales volume, and other criteria and may not be reflective of your true cost. These prices can be used as a baseline for your operation. Make changes to prices to include your production techniques, inputs, and overall management.
Updated: August 9, 2022
Agronomy News-August 2022
Agronomy News-August 2022, Volume 13, Issue 4. Topics in this issue are Small Grain Variety Trials, Palmer Amaranth Control in Organic Systems, Possible Changes to Atrazine Use, Japanese Stiltgrass Identification and Control, Sampling for Nematodes in Soybeans, Sprayer and Pesticide Twilight Meeting, Broiler Grower Settlements, New Rules for Processing Food Wastes and Residuals, Webinar: Solar On The Farm, Pasture and Grazing Workshops, Grain Market Report, Weather Outlook, and Regional Crop Reports.
Updated: July 22, 2022
Farmer-saved Seed: What is Legal? What is Not? (FS-1064)
Most wheat and soybean seed sold in Maryland is protected by either U.S. Patent Law or the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA). These protections severely limit the age-old practice of “farmer-saved seed” or prohibit it entirely, depending upon the protection the owner of the variety secures. The following will discuss the implications of Patent Law and PVPA on farmer-saved seed of wheat and soybeans. Authors: Dale Morris, Robert Kratochvil, and Paul Goeringer; Title: Farmer-saved Seed: What is Legal? What is Not? (FS-1064)
Updated: July 13, 2022
Trend-Adjusted Yield Option Introduced for Crop Insurance (FS-970)
Actual Production History (APH) is a 4- to 10-year yield average used to calculate each producer’s production guarantee. Producers with 10 years of yield history are penalized under APH because yields have increased over time, and APH yields can lag behind their most recent yields. Therefore producers with only 4 years of yield history can actually have higher average yields. Authors: Paul Goeringer and Lori Lynch; Title: Trend-Adjusted Yield Option Introduced for Crop Insurance (FS-970)
Updated: July 7, 2022
Agronomy News-June 2022
Agronomy News-June 2022, Volume 13, Issue 3. Topics in this issue are: Increased Cost-Share for Select BMPS, Agriculture Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, June Insect Scouting Tips, Maryland Dairy Day, Troubleshooting Wheat Disease Symptoms, Grain Market Report, Weather Outlook, and Regional Crop Reports.
Updated: June 14, 2022
Flaming as a Weed Management Tool
Mechanical cultivation and hand weeding are organic producers most preferred choices for weed control. However, repeated cultivation has a negative influence on soil structure and organic matter content, and can make conditions more susceptible to soil erosion. In addition, repeated cultivation promotes new weed flushes. On the other hand, hand weeding which may require a ready supply of field workers can be expensive, especially if conducted over large areas and in less competitive crops that require multiple hand weeding tasks. For commercial producers who mostly rely on herbicides, concerns may arise regarding herbicide-resistant weeds, the potential risk to the groundwater supply, and their effect on food quality. This suggests that alternative weed management tools should be considered. Multiple studies have examined effects of flaming on annual weeds; and successful application of propane flaming to manage weeds has been reported in crops such as cotton, field corn, cabbage, carrots, sweet corn and onions. This suggests that weed flaming may be a formidable tactic for incorporation into an integrated weed management (IWM) program. Its successful integration could result in reduced usage of cultivation, hand weeding and herbicide sprays. Authors: Cerruti R Hooks and Dwayne Joseph Title: Flaming as a Weed Management Tool