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Lawn, Gardening & Pests

Get a yard that feels and looks like home. Get a bountiful harvest. Grow your own and sow something beautiful. WVU Extension has lawn, gardening and pests information you can use.

Lawn, Gardening & Pests News for Ohio County

AgAlert! Cucurbit Downy Mildew

Cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) has now been found in Monongalia County, West Virginia, as well as neighboring states – Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland. For the latest information, visit the CDM regional map at https://cdm.ipmpipe.org/

Cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) is a destructive disease that can affect most members of the gourd family or Cucurbitaceae, such as cucumber, cantaloupe, pumpkin, squash, watermelon and zucchini. However, cucumbers are the worst affected cucurbit that can be completely killed in two weeks from the onset of the disease. 

Symptoms of the disease may vary slightly from species to species, but in general, it causes angular chlorotic lesions on the foliage. These lesions appear angular because they are bound by leaf veins. During humid conditions, the lower surface of the leaf is covered with a downy, pale gray to blackish mildew. 


Join the Fall 2022 Master Gardener Training

female planting in a garden

WVU Extension Master Gardener training, typically offered through in-person courses organized by WVU Extension offices around the state, will once again be available online via Zoom sessions. 

Something we learned through this COVID-induced way of conducting our training is that many people found it very appealing and wanted to have the online training opportunity again this fall. We understand that some prefer in-person sessions, but given the persistence and volatility of the COVID situation, the best approach is to have a hybrid platform. 


Join us for the 2022 Master Gardener Conference

The 27th annual Master Gardener Conference will be held on April 8-10, 2022, at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Garden enthusiasts and beginner gardeners from near and far are invited to join us this year! To register for the conference or find more information about the schedule and speakers, visit the Master Gardener Conference page.

West Virginia Extension Master Gardener Program.

Agriculture

Practical economic strategies. Investments in local growers. Farming like our future depends on it. WVU Extension offers timely, research-based agriculture information you can put into practice.

Agriculture News for Ohio County

2022 Agriculture Webinar and Dinner Meeting Series

Snow covered cattle in field.

Each winter, WVU Extension brings education, know-how and research right to your community through a series of educational dinner meetings. This year, we're offering a mix of virtual and in-person meeting opportunities across West Virginia for the 2022 agriculture education series!

Participants had the same opportunity to learn from WVU Extension specialists and industry experts about relevant topics to help you improve your own agricultural operations.


Lease Recommendations for Land Owner & Tenants

Ben Goff.

Ben Goff, WVU Extension Agent in Mason and Putnam counties, offers recommendations for landowners and tenants who want to prepare for the upcoming farming season and work to minimize their respective risks.

Goff covers a variety of tips for farmers and landowners regarding farm leases, including:


Register for 2021 Pasture Management Certificate Training

Barn on farm.

The Pasture Management Certificate Training is offered as part of Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College Agricultural Innovation Workforce Trainings & Certifications. 

Instructed by Kevin Shaffer, Ed Rayburn and Ben Goff from WVU Extension, this certification will teach farmers how they can improve sustainability to their operation by improving their pasture management so there is more available forage year-round. 


Natural Resources

Land you can take pride in. Nature you can appreciate. Keep wild and wonderful just that. WVU Extension has natural resources information from trusted experts.

Natural Resources News for Ohio County

Register for White Oak in West Virginia Webinar

Hand holding up a leaf from a white oak tree. The leaf is red from fall coloring.

Join us as we dive into the opportunities and challenges related to sustaining and harvesting white oak trees in West Virginia.

Tuesday, February 2


Register for West Virginia Woodland Stewards Seminar

Timber forest.

Join us as we dive into a variety of educational topics and learn more about how we can be better stewards of West Virginia's woodlands.

Tuesday, February 9


Extension Calling Podcast

Extension calling with Karen Cox and Dan Lima on WWVA.
Extension Calling Podcast Archive

Lawn, Gardening & Pests
Active Alerts in Ohio County

AgAlert! Cucurbit Downy Mildew

Cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) has now been found in Monongalia County, West Virginia, as well as neighboring states – Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland. For the latest information, visit the CDM regional map at https://cdm.ipmpipe.org/

Cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) is a destructive disease that can affect most members of the gourd family or Cucurbitaceae, such as cucumber, cantaloupe, pumpkin, squash, watermelon and zucchini. However, cucumbers are the worst affected cucurbit that can be completely killed in two weeks from the onset of the disease. 

Symptoms of the disease may vary slightly from species to species, but in general, it causes angular chlorotic lesions on the foliage. These lesions appear angular because they are bound by leaf veins. During humid conditions, the lower surface of the leaf is covered with a downy, pale gray to blackish mildew. 

Read AgAlert! Cucurbit Downy Mildew


Ohio County Ag & Natural Resources News

WVU Extension Service empowers young entrepreneur to add bite to his business plan’s bark

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Ten year old Zeb Helmick and his dad, Steve Helmick, started a pet treat company in Wheeling, West Virginia with the help of WVU Extension Service expertise and knowledge. They talk about the business and how it supports the local agriculture community.


Farmers Market

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is to assist senior citizens with the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in West Virginia during the summer months. To qualify, you must be at least 60 years of age and meet the following income guidelines.

Household of 1 income is $21,590 per year, $1,800 per month.

Household of 2 income is $29,101 per year, $2,426 per month.

Those eligible seniors can sign up for the vouchers are their County Senior Centers after July 1. Please contact your local county senior centers for signup dates and locations. Vouchers can be used at participating markets around the state. A listing of those markets will be given out when eligible participants sign up. Only those fruits and vegetables that can be grown in West Virginia are eligible for purchase with the vouchers.

For more information regarding the program, please contact the West Virginia Department of Agriculture Marketing & Development Division at 304-558-2210 or Ohio County senior center can be reached at 304-232-6730.


Organizations

Ohio-Brooke County Farm Bureau
Meets the 3rd Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the West Liberty Fire Hall, West Liberty, WV.

Tri-State Beekeepers Association
Meets the 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m. at the Good Zoo, Oglebay, Wheeling, WV.
Contact Steve Roth at 304-242-9867 or email him.

If your organization exists for the betterment of Agriculture and Natural Resources and you would like your meeting posted on this website please contact the Ohio County Extension office at  304-243-3673. Please have ready: the organization’s name, meeting time and place, and a valid contact, and if possible a web address.

Organizations may be removed from this site at any time for any reason.