Ag & Natural Resources
Leaves to Lasagna Bed
Turn your autumn leaves into rich spring compost, advises Dr. Mary Beth Bennett, a West Virginia University Extension Service agent in Berkeley County. To learn more, download Leaves to lasagna bed
Perennials Need Fall Care
Autumn is upon us and with it comes the need to care for you perennials. To learn more, click here Perennials Need Fall Care
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.
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. Check out this great website to – Learn How to Take a Soil Sample!
If you have any questions please call (304) 272-6839 or email Cathy Smith, Program Assistant.
Homeowners Guide to Lawn Care
Please download this free resource to learn about lawn care.
A Homeowners Guide to Lawn
Grazing Management & No-Till Crop Management
Below are several outstanding educational videos that may prove useful for your farm.
One is on grazing management and the other on no-till crop management. Both videos have farmers telling their story of how these management tools have improved their farming efforts.
Grazing Management Video
No-till Crop Management Video
Composting Livestock Carcasses
Many livestock producers are unsure about how to manage the occasional livestock carcass. “Burial can be acceptable, but it should be done only in locations that are at least 300 feet from surface water and that do not have shallow groundwater or bedrock,” according to Dr. Joshua Faulkner, agricultural engineering specialist with the West Virginia University Extension Service. To read the complete article, visit Composting Livestock Carcasses .
Salmonella & Poultry
The Center for Disease Control and the USDA has released some important reminders about handling poultry. To learn more, download Salmonella & Poultry
To learn more about the WVU Extension Agriculture program visit http://www.ext.wvu.edu/agriculture