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Wayne County Agriculture & Natural Resources

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.

Master Gardener Program

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

Lawn, Gardening & Pests News for Wayne 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

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.


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.

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. 

Agriculture News for Wayne 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. 

Wayne County Ag News

Results from WV Beef Expo Grille Off Competition

Attention Wayne County: Your kids can grill!

On April 8, the Wayne County 4-H Livestock teams competed at the West Virginia Beef Expo in the NEW Grill-Off competition and the Stockman’s Contest. They fought through rain, wind and even hail during their contests. We couldn’t be more proud of these kids. Our Senior team, the Filet Minions, won the senior division with a Filet Mignon and scallops dish. Our Junior Team, Beef-Fil-A, won the Junior division with a fajita dish. 

To learn more about youth livestock contest and programs in Wayne County, call the WVU Extension Wayne County office at 304-272-6839. 

Sponsors Needed for Horse Shows

The Open Horse Show has been a long-standing tradition with the Wayne County Fair! 

However, the Open Horse Show relies on sponsorship to make this show a success! Please contact our office at 304-272-6839 for more information on how to donate and get involved! 

4-H Horse Program

2022 WV Beef Expo Results

Results are in for the 2022 WV Beef Expo! 

The senior team consisting of Addy Smith, Isaac and Autumn Stamper and Duke Parsley placed 15th out of 80 teams from West Virginia and Maryland! With Autumn and Issac placing in the Top 25 individuals out of over 300 youth. 

Our three individuals consisted of Elijah and Josie Parsley and Sienna Stamper. Sienna placed 17th, Elijah Parsley at 21st and Josie at 25th out of over 60 kids. 

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.

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.

Natural Resources News for Wayne County

Shiitake Workshops

Join us on May 26 or May 27 at 6 PM for an evening of learning how to grow your own shiitakes at home with Dr. Dave McGill, Forest Resources Extension Specialist. We are offering an evening workshop to learn how to cultivate shiitake mushrooms.

These gourmet mushrooms can be grown for personal use or as an enterprise. In this workshop, you will learn about mushrooms and how to inoculate logs. Workshop participants will be able to inoculate and take home a shiitake mushroom log. To reserve a space please complete the registration link Contact Evan Wilson with any questions. 

Shiitake mushrooms on a cutting board.QR Code for Shiitake registeration

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