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Pest management: weeds, diseases, insects, and more!

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Figure 17: The holes in this eggplant are an example of the kind of cosmetic damage that insect feeding can cause. Photo by Neith Little. Pests can quickly eat up an urban farmers’ yields and profits—quite literally! How to prevent and control pests is a huge topic...

Production topics to learn more about

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Across production systems, there are several important urban production topics a grower will need to learn about and consider in their risk management planning: Urban soils and growing media Soil contamination assessment and risk management Nutrient management Crop...

Potato Leaf Hoppers on Hops

I do not usually look at hops very much as only a few farms have them, but they are becoming a bit more common in the last 10 years (Fig. 1). Visiting two farms withy hops I saw marginal leaf damage (Fig. 2) on some leaves (found some thrips too) and then marginal leaf scorch on others (Fig. 3)...
Close-up of mosquito on human skin
ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 26, 2016) – Governor Larry Hogan has issued a proclamation declaring April 24-30 “Zika Virus Awareness Week,” and the Department of Agriculture urges residents to work with the...

Strategies for Pest Management and Examples of Pest Management Success

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Baltimore County Center for MD Agriculture
The focus of this workshop series is small-scale production, expecially for people interested in starting or improving their small farm success. Each session covers topics that are applicable to a variety of agricultural operations including fruits and vegetables using conventional, sustainable,...

The Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) - Part 2: Management

Timely Viticulture: Pre Harvest
The Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is a small vinegar fly with the potential to damage many fruit crops, particularly thin-skinned fruit. SWD was first detected in the western United States in 2008 and has already become a major pest of many fruit and berry crops in Maryland, with potential to cause...

The Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) - Part 1: History, Background, and Damage

Timely Viticulture: Pre Harvest
History The Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is a small vinegar fly with the potential to damage many fruit crops, especially thin-skinned fruit. SWD, or Drosophila suzukii, is native to eastern Asia. Most species of vinegar flies attack overripe or damaged fruit. However, SWD is unique as the female...

Japanese Beetles

Timely Viticulture: Mid Season
Japanese beetles can periodically be a significant pest in Maryland vineyards. They create large holes in the younger leaves of vines and cause severe lacing and even fruit damage in heavy infestations. The population build up is typically periodic and cyclic and may require control tactics in...

Spotted Wing Drosophila in Cherries in Southern Maryland

June 2013 Growers and an alert county agent, Ben Beale, have found what most likely will be an infestation of spotted wing drosophila (SWD) in cherries in southern Maryland (St. Mary’s County). I say "most likely" because I have the cherries and the maggots but it is very difficult to identify SWD...

Going Buggy???

Pryeria Sinica moth
If you have an interest in insects, the University of Maryland has a site that should not be missed Bug of the Week In addition, for more information on other emerging insect pests, click on Emerging Invasive Plant Pests . The Home and Garden website offers continually updated timely tips for a...

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