Maryland Noxious Weeds

Noxious Weeds in Maryland ​

  • Johnsongrass
  • Shattercane
  • Palmer Amaranth
  • Common Waterhemp
  • Canada Thistle
  • Musk Thistle
  • Plumeless Thistle
  • Bull Thistle
The Weed Control Program enforces the Maryland Weed Control Law and assists farmers or landowners in the battle against the designated noxious weeds Johnsongrass, shattercane, and thistles. The law requires landowners to manage noxious weeds on all types of land. Johnsongrass and thistles are considered two of the more persistent and destructive weeds in Maryland since they are very difficult to eradicate. Both the seed and the root system of these weeds must be managed for effective control. Control methods include cultural, physical, mechanical, biological or chemical. MDA enters into an agreement with each of the 16 participating counties to provide technical assistance to landowners for initiating noxious weed control programs.​
Maryland Noxious Weed I.D.
Noxious Weed Regulations
Noxious Weed Law
Maryland Noxious Weed Website
August 12, 2022 / Education, Program / Keli Kirby / Permalink

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August 8, 2022 / Education / Keli Kirby / Permalink

2023-2024 Cover Crop Program

The 2023-2024 Cover Crop Sign-up will start in the beginning of July.

Official dates will be forthcoming.

Cover crops are your first line of defense against erosion and runoff in the winter

For more information on the Cover Crop program and the New Cover Crop Plus Program go to:

Maryland Cover Crop Program

Cover Crop Plus (3-year commitment, 5 acre minimum and 500 acre maximum)

Cover Crop Flyer

Nutrient Management Plan Certification Form (Needed if applying for the Cover Crop Program) 

Cover Crop Application  Cover Crop application Instructions Cover Crop Requirements and Agreement

Conservation Spotlight - Cover Crops

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