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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.

Lawn, Gardening & Pests
Active Alerts in Wayne County

AgAlert! Threat of Corn Ear Mold in West Virginia

Above average rainfall and continued wet weather has slowed field corn dry-down and delayed harvest across the state this fall.

This situation has created several problems, including encouraging the growth of corn ear mold and reducing grain quality. In some cases, these types of mold may also pose a risk of mycotoxin contamination of the kernels, depending on what type of fungal growth dominates, and thereby, affecting the overall grade of the corn.

Photo of moldy ear of corn on stalk

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AgAlert! Cucurbit Downy Mildew

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

The disease-causing organism is spread by air current from south to north during the growing season in most years. Optimum conditions for sporulation of the causal agent (Pseudoperonospora cubensis), which is an obligate parasite (an organism that can grow only as a parasite in association with its host plant and cannot be grown in artificial culture media) are 59°F with 6-12 hours of moisture present (usually in the form of morning dew or rain droplets on foliage).

CDM regional map is showing outbreak of the disease all around West Virginia, including some of the West Virginia counties, and this is the most critical time to take preventative measures against the disease.

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AgAlert! Late Blight of Tomato & Potato

Late blight of tomatoes

Late blight has been detected in Jefferson County, West Virginia. This is still early in the season, and many growers may have not even harvested yet.

Considering the rainy and humid weather forecast, both organic and conventional growers should take some preventative measures.

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Ag Alert! Fire Blight on Apple & Pear Trees

A close up view of fire blight on an apple tree.

2018 is a bad year for fire blight on pome fruit (apple and pear) partly due to the odd combination of bloom time, temperature and rainfall. In a regular year, most bloom occurs while temperature still below 60° F (minimum temperature required for bacterial infection through flowers).

This year it was delayed but as soon as bloom occurred temperature crossed 60° F mark and rain followed. However, WVU Extension's disease forecast-based spray schedule helped commercial growers keeping disease pressure low. The disease is more widespread at home sites.

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Wayne County Ag News

Wayne Cattlemen Hold August Meeting

Wayne Cattlemen pose for a group shot at a recent meeting.

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Cattlemen to hold August Meeting

Black cattle

The Cattlemen will hold their next meeting on Thursday, August 23 at 7 p.m., at the Wayne County Extension Office in Wayne. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Eugene Parson, President of the Wayne County Cattlemen at 304-486-5276.

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Ag Survey Available


Whether you’re a farmer, brewer, policy maker, or retailer, we want to hear your insights on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the agricultural economy.

To complete the survey please visit: by Monday, August 20, 2018.

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New Ag Agent Started July 18

evan wilson

Evan Wilson of Mason County joined WVU Extension Service on July 18 as the Wayne-Cabell Ag & Natural Resource Agent. He comes to us with a Bachelors in Ag & Extension Education and a Masters in Ag, Natural Resource & Design from West Virginia University. Evan grew up on his great-grandfather's farm near Apple Grove, WV and was active in 4-H and FFA during his middle and high school years. Evan looks forward to working with farmers and land owners in Wayne and Cabell counties. The public can reach him at the WVU Extension Service Wayne County office at 304-272-6839or via email.

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Jimsonweed - Weed of the Week

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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.