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Wayne County Agriculture & Natural Resources

There are a variety of programs related to horticulture, agriculture and natural resources available for the residents of West Virginia. For a complete listing of all the information we have about lawns, gardens and pests, visit the main Extension website. If you’re a producer, whether with large-scale animals or vegetables for your local market, visit our farming section for more in-depth information about agriculture.

If you’re interested in learning about the all the things that make West Virginia wild and wonderful, including information on our natural resources, follow the link to learn more.

Wayne County Ag News

Recovering from Mud

Wet conditions have farmers calling the Wayne County office about soil issues and I've been referring farmers to information by Ed Rayburn and Tom Basden. If you're a local Wayne County farmer with soil questions, email Evan Wilson, WVU Extension Service Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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Wayne Cattlemen to Hold March Meeting

The Wayne County Cattlemen will host their monthly meeting on March 28 at the WVU Extension Office-Wayne County at 7 p.m. For questions please contact the Wayne County Cattlemen President-Eugene Parsons at 304-486-5276. This meeting will be the last monthly meeting until July.

Hereford cows and black baldie

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Pollinators in Wayne County Schools

Evan Wilson, WVU Extension Service Agent, speaks with Wayne County students about the important work bees and butterflies achieve by pollinating plants.

Did you know the Monarch caterpillar can only eat Milkweed leave?

Milkweed is often seen as a weed in pastures and hay fields, as it is toxic to livestock. With many people removing milkweeds from their agriculture fields, it takes a collaborative effort to establish new habitat for our pollinators. For more information on programming, please call the WVU Extension Service Wayne County Office at 304-272-6839.

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Wayne Cattlemen to Hold January Meeting

Black cattle in pasture

The Wayne County Cattlemen will meet at 7 p.m., on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at the WVU Extension Service Wayne County Office at 27572 East Lynn Road, Wayne, WV 25570.

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Winter Tree Identification Workshop

Looking up at tree

Come out to an evening of exploring the trees and shrubs of West Virginia with  Dr. Dave McGill, WVU Forest Resources Extension Specialist. This indoor seminar will give participants hands-on experience in identifying trees by bark, twig, and bud attributes.

The group will learn how to use “keys” along with twig and branch specimens to determine wildland tree species by looking at more than just the leaves. Magnifying lenses and written materials will be provided at the workshop.

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Wayne County Cattlemen’s Association

The Wayne County Cattleman’s Association meets the fourth Thursday for three months straight at 7 p.m. at the Extension Office, then takes three months off to farm.

The current President is Eugene Parsons. For more information, please email Eugene with the Wayne County Cattleman’s Association.

Extension Master Gardener Program

We’re growing

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The WVU Extension Master Gardener Program provides people interested in gardening with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and sharpen their skills by taking part in Basic/Level 1 and Advanced/Level 2 training programs that provide in-depth training in various aspects of horticulture.

The program helps residents better understand horticultural and environmental issues through community engagement in gardening and beautification projects at schools, parks, public institutions, community organizations, and locations throughout the state.

How do you join?

The first step is to see if your county offers the program. Many of those in West Virginia do, so even if yours doesn’t, a neighboring county may. Call your local WVU Extension Service Office for information and watch for meetings in your area.

Once you’ve found a program, you’ll get 40 hours of training during a 12-week program where you’ll learn about a variety of things including: botany, plant propagation, entomology, pesticides and pest management, plant disease, soil and fertilizers, turfgrass management, vegetable gardening, gardening equipment, tree fruits, small fruit, pruning, landscape design, woody ornamentals, indoor plants, herbaceous plants, garden animals and teaching methods.

From there, pass a test and complete 40 hours of initial volunteer work and you’ll have earned the right to call yourself a WVU Extension Master Gardener.

For more information about the Extension Master Gardener Program in Wayne County, please contact the Extension Office at 304-272-6839.

Soil Testing in Wayne County

Assessing the condition of your garden or pasture is a critical step in maintaining soil condition and productivity. West Virginia University offers free soil analysis to residents.

You may download and complete the Soil Test Form. This will allow you to submit your soil tests much quicker. You will need to supply your own bag (snack size ziploc, small sandwich, or other bag that can be tied or sealed) for this method. You only need to send about 1/2 cup of soil from your combined samples to be tested. You will be able to mail these in a regular envelope or a priority mailer (flat rate or standard) works well when sending multiple samples.

Mail soil samples to:

West Virginia University
College of Agriculture and Forestry
Soil Testing Laboratory
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108

Once the tests are run the results are instantly sent via email to you and the Wayne County Extension Office. Use this video to learn how to take a soil sample!

If you have any questions about soil testing in Wayne County, please call the Extension office at 304-272-6839.