Wye Research & Education Center

Wye Research & Education Center

Wye Research and Education Center
124 Wye Narrows Drive
Queenstown, MD 21658
Phone: 410.827.8056

Wye is situated on nearly 1,000 acres on Maryland's Eastern Shore.  The center's location makes it an ideal site for research focusing on preserving the health and vitality of the Chesapeake Bay, sustaining agricultural productivity, product diversity, and maintaining Maryland's valued quality of life.

The Center currently houses several Regional Extension Specialists and Research Scientists.  In addition, faculty from the Departments of Animal Sciences, Agriculture and Resource Economics, Environmental Science and Technology, Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture, and Entomology use the Center.  Other agencies collaborating with Center scientists and College faculty include:  USDA-ARS-BARC, USGS, USEPA, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

Under the leadership of Mike Newell, Horticulture Program Manager, the Wye Research and Education Center donated apprx. 11,000 pounds of cantaloupes, cucumbers, winter squash and pumpkins to the Maryland Food Banks "Farm to Food Bank" program during the 2020 season.   

Farm to Food Bank program:  Learn more  

Weather Data

Weather Station in the snow
Wye weather station - Winter - photo by D. Poet

The Wye weather station is located at:

38 54' 46.15"N

76 09' 06.75"W

 

Center History

 

The Wye Institute, the Wye Plantation, and the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) have been cooperating, both formally and informally, in agricultural research and related activities for nearly 40 years.  Cooperation with the Wye Angus head, which began in 1954, has been a tremendous resource for MAES scientists.  Crop research has been conducted by MAES scientists since 1966 when Wye Institute made available, without charge, 100 acres of Institute land for use by MAES.

In 1973, arrangements were completed which enabled the University of Maryland to purchase, for use by MAES, 123 acres of Wye Institute land.  In 1978, the Wye Plantation donated the Wye Angus herd, together with a substantial cash endowment, to the University of Maryland Foundation for use in the related activities at Wye.  The plan provided a blueprint for the future development of the Experiment Station's field unit at Wye and a sound basis to Wye Institute and Wye Plantation for planning the most efficient use of their resources. 

In December, 1979, the proposed plan was completed.  The plan envisioned Wye to be an innovative multidisciplinary research, extension and education center with the following six major foci:  Cattle Breeding and Genetics; Integrated Pest Management; Plant Breeding and Genetics; Energy Development; Usage and Conservation; Quality of Life; and Interaction of Land and Water Agriculture-Aquaculture.

In 1982, the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, now located at Wye Plantation, offered the use of its facilities and 450 acres of land to support the research programs of MAES.  Also in 1982, MAES formally established the Wye Research and Education Center (WREC).  Two years later, following acceptance of MAES plans for WREC, Wye Institute agreed to donate an additional 35 acres of land for MAES use.

In 1991, MAES marked the official opening of the 16,000 square foot Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Laboratory.  This valuable addition greatly enhanced the scope of scientific inquiry at the center.

Extension Programs held at WyeREC

 

Wye Field Tour

Strawberry Twilight Tours

Bay Area Fruit Schools

Extension at WREC

 

Research at the Wye

Agricultural Experiment Station, On-site Faculty Expertise

Burton, Dennis T. - Aquatic Toxicology
Dr. Burton's primary research interests are the toxicological effects to aquatic organisms of surface and subsurface water quality changes induced by municipal, utility, and industrial facilities as well as the effects of various inorganic and organic contaminants to soil and wetland sediment communities.  He is currently conducting 1) an evaluation of the potential aquatic toxicity of several bio-based renewable lubricants; and 2) evaluating several wastewater treatment plants for National Pollutant Drainage Elimination System compliance.  Dr. Burton has published more than 100 papers in peer reviewed journals; written three books; 27 book chapters; and over 125 published technical reports.

Hall, Lenwood W. - Aquatic Toxicology
Lenwood W. Hall, Jr. is a Research Associate at the University of Maryland, Wye Research and Education Center.  Areas of expertise are: aquatic toxicology; ecological risk assessments of pesticides, metals, and organometallics; exposure characterization of pesticides; development of biological/physical habitat indicators and bioassessments.  He has conducted research or consulting for 51 different government, academic and industrial organizations.  He has published the following:  133 peer-reviewed papers; 4 books; 26 book chapters/monographs (some are peer-reviewed) and 158 technical reports.  During 40 years of research, he has generated over $17.5 million in funding from approximately 108 different research grants or contracts.

Ristvey, Andrew - Commercial Horticulture
Extension Specialist for Commercial Horticulture at Wye Research and Education Center at Queenstown, MD and affiliate faculty with the Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. Education:  Master of Science degree in 1993 from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore in the MEES program; Doctorate in Horticulture, University of Maryland College Park.  Present extension and research interests are plant nutrition, specialty crop production and green roof systems.

Programs with Research at Wye

Animal and Avian Sciences

Keefer, Carol
Song, Jiuzhou
Xiao, Zhenggou

Entomology

Dively, Galen - Integrated Pest Management
Hamby, Kelly - Integrated Pest Management
Hooks, Cerrutti - Integrated Pest Management
VanEngeldorp, Dennis - Integrated Pest Management

Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture

Fiorellino, Nicole - Assistant Professor and Extension Agronomist
Hu, Mengjun - Small Fruits Pathologist
Lea-Cox, John - Nursery Research
Micallef, Shirley - Vegetables
Rawat, Nidhi - Plant Pathology
Ritter, Ronald - Agronomic Weed Control
Walsh, Christopher - Pomology
Wight, Jason - Assistant Research Scientist

Other UME Faculty with Research at WyeREC

Brust, Jerry - Vegetables
Fiola, Joseph - Viticulture and Small Fruits

GPS Addresses

  • Houghton Lab (offices & meeting rooms):  124 Wye Narrows Drive, Queenstown MD 21658
     
  • Farm Shop, Agronomic and Horticultural Programs:  211 Farm Lane, Queenstown MD 21658
     
  • Wye Angus:  2016 Carmichael Road, Queenstown MD 21658