Important News 

November 16, 2018

Job Opening

Queen Anne's Soil Conservation Shop 3002 Church Hill Rd in Centreville, MD is looking for a Heavy Equipment Operator, 3 years experience minimum with High School Diploma or equivalent  Prefer someone with CDL license or willing to get them. Full time position with work all year long: Paid holidays, vacation and sick days.

Please call the Shop at 410-758-1694 for job description and application.

 

September 21, 2018

Congratulations to Clark Family Farms for being selected as 2017 Cooperator of the Year!

Anthony Riggi (L), Robert Wilson, June Clark, David Clark, Sr.

 

 

Congratulations to Audrey Sultenfuss for being awarded the Queen Anne's Soil Conservation District's scholarship in honor of Mrs. Jean D. Haymaker.

 


IMPORTANT!!!!!

 

            September 12, 2018

 

 

                  Low Cover Crop Seed Germination – Seed testing below 65%

 

Farmers participating in the cover crop program will be allowed to use seed tested below 65% for germination and seed that may be diseased (for example vomitoxin) only for this 2018/2019 cover crop program year .  However in order to use low germ seed for the cover crop program several requirements must be met.

 

1)     The seeding rate must be increased to compensate for the low germ seed.  In some situations the seeding rate must be increased significantly.  Attached is a chart that can be used to determine the seeding rate for wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. The chart also includes the calculation to be used when the germination rate is below 65%.

2)     Planting method – the only planting method that can be used to plant the low germ seed (below 65% germination) is broadcasting. Broadcast seeding must then be followed by light disking to ensure seed to soil contact.  Only a disk or vertical tillage equipment may be used. Small grain drills cannot accommodate a seeding rate necessary to achieve an adequate stand to meet the cover crop program requirements.

3)     All fields planted using low germ seed (below 65% germination) are subject to the ring test to determine the required plant population. Soil conservation districts will be inspecting all fields to verify the stand count and documenting for the purpose of certifying eligibility.

4)     The use of seed containing noxious weed seeds is not permitted under any circumstance.

 

Farmers having the low germ seed, below 65% germination, should contact QASCD at 410-758-3136x3 with any questions.

 Formula:

(Required germination / Actual germination) x (lbs/acre required for 80% seed) = lbs/acre required for low germ seed

 

EXAMPLE: RYE with 54% germination:     80% / 54% x 112lbs/acre = 165.93 lbs/acre

 

Rye        56lbs/bu  Requirement: 2bu/acre or 112lbs

Wheat    60lbs/bu  Requirement: 2bu/acre or 120lbs

Triticale   56lbs/bu  Requirement: 2bu/acre or 112lbs

Barley     48lbs/bu  Requirement: 2.5bu/acre or 120lbs


Revised Erosion & Sediment Control Fee ScheduleEffective June 11, 2018

 

Maryland Environmental Code §4-103 provides for Soil Conservation Districts to recommend a fee system to cover the cost of reviewing and approving Erosion and Sediment Control Plans subject to §8-311 of the Agricultural Article.  Each year the District may develop a fee system to cover reasonable costs for the succeeding year.  A thorough evaluation of the District’s revenue versus expenses for local Erosion and Sediment Control Program was completed in December 2017.  This review determined that additional revenue is necessary to support the District’s erosion and sediment control program at its current level.

 

The current fee schedule for QASCD was last revised in 2007 with additions made in 2015 for Agricultural Stormwater Management review and Poultry site Erosion and Sediment Control Plan review. 

 

Effective June 11, 2018, the Queen Anne’s Soil Conservation District’s review fees will increase as per the adoption of the revised fee schedule approved by the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners on March 13, 2018.  A copy of the revised fee schedule may be found here.

 

In addition to these existing fee increases, the District is requesting it be authorized to require a fee for Potential Poultry Site Preliminary Investigation.  Recently, this process has taken up to 20 hours per site to complete the investigation to determine if the site is suitable and will meet the requirements of all of the parties involved in the construction of a new poultry site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click on Employment Opportunities for Position Description and Fillable Application.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Savanna Marks of Stevensville.  She is the first recipient of the QASCD Scholarship in honor of Mrs. Jean D. Haymaker. Miss Marks is currently a student at Chesapeake College enrolled in the Agricultural AAS Degree Program.  She currently works for CPS in Centreville as a field scout and plans to continue her education at the University of Delaware once completing her degree at Chesapeake.

 

 

 


 

 

 

SARE Grants Due 

We’re sending a reminder that applications for the 2018 Northeast SARE Farmer grants program are due online by Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Farmer grants are for farm business owners and managers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. Projects should seek results other farmers can use and must have the potential to add to our region's knowledge about effective sustainable practices.

Awards are capped at $15,000 and projects may address the wide range of issues that affect farming throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Applicants must work with a technical advisor who serves in a consulting capacity. 





 

 

 

Congratulations to Bill and Barbara Sharp for being Queen Anne's Soil Conservation District's 2016 Cooperator of the Year! 

Delegate Steve Arentz (L), Bill and Barbara Sharp, Delegate Jay Jacobs (R)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Mark Eck and his family for being 2015 Cooperator of the Year

September 15, 2016

From L to R: Tony Riggi, Jenell Eck, Alan Eck, Easton Eck, Vicky Eck, Mark Eck, and Bobby Wilson

 

In Recognition of Donald Dawkins and his 60 Years of Dedicated Service to Queen Anne's Soil Conservation District

June 11, 2016

From L to R: Donald Dawkins and Bobby Wilson

 

 

Contact the Queen Anne's Soil Conservation District with any questions or for upcoming events information.

 

Phone:  410-758-1671 x3

Fax:      410-758-3820