Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) in Maryland

CSP payments by fiscal year in Maryland

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CSP by Sign-up in Maryland

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CSP payments by land use and fiscal year in Maryland

  • Cropland
  • Rangeland
  • Pasture
  • Forestland
  • Pastured Cropland

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CSP payments by existing or additional practices in Maryland

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CSP payments by contract size in Maryland

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Most commonly used enhancement practices for CSP contracts in Maryland

RankEnhancementNumber of Contracts
1Use drift reducing nozzles, low pressures, lower boom height and adjuvants to reduce pesticide drift37
2Plant Tissue Testsing and Analysis to Improve Nitrogen Management28
3GPS, targeted spray application (SmartSprayer), or other chemical application electronic control tec23
4Harvest hay in a manner that allows wildlife to flush and escape21
5Apply controlled release nitrogen fertilizer19
6Use of Cover Crop Mixes14
7Split nitrogen applications 50% after crop/pasture emergence/green up14
8Nitrogen stabilizers for air emissions control12
9Use deep rooted crops to breakup soil compaction12
10Rotation of supplement and feeding areas12
11Apply nutrients no more than 30 days prior to planned planting date12
12Locally grown and marketed farm products11
13Continuous no till with high residue11
14Forest stand improvement for habitat and soil quality9
15Incorporate native grasses and/or legumes into 15% or more of the forage base9
16Plant an annual grass-type cover crop that will scavenge residual nitrogen8
17Recycle 100% of farm lubricants8
18Retrofit watering facility for wildlife escape6
19Apply split applications of nitrogen based on a pre-sidedress nitrogen test on cropland6
20Continuous cover crops6

CSP contracts by Practice Suite in Maryland

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CSP acreage by land use in Maryland

  • Cropland
  • Rangeland
  • Pasture
  • Forestland
  • Pastured Cropland

CSP Resource Concerns in Maryland

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CSP payments by county in Maryland, 2011-2014

1Harford County, Maryland$1,204,474
2Washington County, Maryland$685,407
3Caroline County, Maryland$310,744
4Queen Anne's County, Maryland$307,586
5Carroll County, Maryland$264,596
6Kent County, Maryland$160,000
7Anne Arundel County, Maryland$155,466
8Cecil County, Maryland$99,189
9Montgomery County, Maryland$97,830
10Frederick County, Maryland$94,807
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USDA Census of Agriculture Data for Maryland, 2012

Land in Maryland, 2012

Land typeAcres
Number of Farms:12,256
Total Acres in Farms:2,030,745
Cropland Acres:1,396,144
Permanent pasture and rangeland:161,243
Woodland Acres:348,482
Farmsteads, homes, buildings, facilities, ponds, roads, wasteland, etc. Acres:124,876

Livestock in Maryland, 2012

LivestockNumber of Animals
Broilers and other meat-type chickens sold304,729,435
Layers inventory 2,364,942
Cattle and calves inventory194,524
Hogs and pigs inventory19,869
Sheep and lambs inventory19,265

Crops in Maryland, 2012


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