Greensville/Emporia- Agriculture and Natural Resources

Greensville/Emporia- Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Just a reminder that our 4-H Food Challenge registration is due TOMORROW! :D We are so excited for this upcoming program!!!
Calling all teens!
You have until the end of this week, Friday June 22nd, to apply!
If you know someone who has experience working with youth and is searching for Part Time position, the GreensvilleEmporia Cooperative Extension 4-H program is seeking applicants through next Friday, June 22nd! Follow the link to apply today!
Take a look at all the fun the Greensville third graders and YMCA pre-school kids had learning about agriculture and our environment last Friday. A big thank you to the Greensville/Emporia 4-H Agent, Hannah Parker, for taking these photos!

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18/04/2022

A wonderful highlight from the folks at Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program! And while weedy in some areas, these two plants can be beautiful in their own right, adding splashes of color when little else is blooming. What do you think?

"What's that purple stuff growing in your lawn? Both purple deadnettle and Henbit deadnettle are common weeds of turfgrass areas, and you'll see them this time of year. They're a little tough to tell apart, but in general Henbit deadnettle has smaller leaves. Both die during hot summer months.
More on purple deadnettle: https://weedid.cals.vt.edu/profile/492
More on Henbit deadnettle: https://weedid.cals.vt.edu/profile/48"

Traditional "Farm Use" placards being phased out in Virginia 18/04/2022

Traditional "Farm Use" placards being phased out in Virginia

Traditional "Farm Use" placards being phased out in Virginia RICHMOND, VA—Farming is challenging work, and transportation often creates difficulty and expense for farmers. But, there are some allowances in Virginia law to help ease some of the burden. One such exemption is the ability to use farm vehicles on the state’s roadways with minimum requirements....

Timeline photos 15/04/2022

Timeline photos

We are egg-static about making egg-ceptional egg recipes this time of year! Our friends at The Virginia Egg Council have many egg-cellent recipes that we can take a “crack” at making.
https://www.virginiaeggcouncil.org/

14/04/2022

As we get back outside, remember that spring is tick season! Ticks are active year round in Virginia and are known to cause a number of diseases in Virginia, including ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and lyme disease.

Here are some tips from Virginia Department of Health on reducing risk of tick borne disease:

- Recognize when you are in potential tick habitats such as leaf
litter and vegetation in forest environments.
- Walk in the center of forest trails, keep grass cut and rake
leaves/clear brush in wooded/shady yards.
- Wear light-colored clothing so ticks are visible.
- Tuck pant legs into socks or boots, tuck shirts into pants and
wear long sleeved shirts.
- Apply repellents to exposed skin containing up to 50% DEET
for adults or less than 30% DEET for children. Repellents containing other active ingredients such as bioUID, oil of lemon
eucalyptus, IR3535, picaridin, or 2-undecanone may also be
effective.
- Apply repellent containing 0.5% permethrin to shoes, socks,
and clothing. Follow directions carefully and do not apply this
repellant to skin. Clothing repellents are very effective.
- Conduct thorough tick checks after you have been in tick
habitat; remove ticks promptly.

More info on ticks in Virginia:https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/12/2019/08/Tick-borne-Disease-in-Virginia-Flyer-8.5-x-11-format-for-website-.pdf

Photos from Virginia Tech Forage Extension's post 14/04/2022

Photos from Virginia Tech Forage Extension's post

14/04/2022

Growing vegetables in containers is an easy way to grow your own food! Just make sure you have the right size pots!

Crops like tomatoes and summer squash need one 5 gallon container per plant while crops like radishes can be spaced one inch apart in a smaller container (minimum size: 1 pint). A 5 gallon bucket can make a great, cheap container!

Learn more: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-336/426-336.html

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Vegetable gardening in containers: what size pot od you need?
Plant, minimum container size, space between plants
Beans, bush, 2 gal, 2-3 inches
Carrots, 1 qt, 2-3 inches
Cucumbers, 5 gal, 14-18 inches
Kale, 5 gal, 10-15 inches
Lettuce, leaf, 1/2 gal 4-6 inches
Peppers, 2 gal, 1 plant per container
Radishes, 1 pint, 1 inch
Summer squash, 5 gal, 1 plant per container
Tomatoes, 5 gal, 1 plant per container

Photos from Washington Park Association LLC, Emporia, VA's post 07/04/2022

We were out in the community Tuesday discussing frugal vegetable gardening. It was a beautiful day and we had a great turn out.

Reck on the Road: Inside a Controlled Burn 07/04/2022

Reck on the Road: Inside a Controlled Burn

Reck on the Road: Inside a Controlled Burn The Virginia Department of Forestry held a prescribed burn last week in Suffolk.

07/04/2022

UPDATE on today’s forage program in Broadnax!

Due to the potential for severe thunderstorms, today's program has been rescheduled for Friday, April 22nd. We hope to see you all then. Registration is still open, call 434-848-2151 to RSVP.

Manage Weeds on Your Farm 05/04/2022

Manage Weeds on Your Farm

Manage Weeds on Your Farm Manage Weeds on Your Farm is a definitive guide to understanding agricultural weeds and how to manage them efficiently, effectively and ecologically—for organic and conventional farmers alike.

04/04/2022

Below is this week’s Ag Today topic. Check it out live if you can, or view recordings of past episodes online.

Join VCE AG Today as we discuss Cover Crops Benefits and Management
Thursday, April 7 @ 9am!

Timeline photos 04/04/2022

Timeline photos

Despite recent rainfall, elevated conditions persist. Department of Forestry wildland firefighters are working around the clock to fight 18 wildfires that have burned more than 2,000 acres within the past several days. 🔥

The largest wildfire is in Lee County, which has burned 1,300 acres and is currently 80% contained. Pictured is the Paradise Cove Fire, also in Lee County, which burned 270 acres but has since been contained.

Please continue to postpone outdoor burning until conditions are safer. To see current wildfire conditions, visit: http://ow.ly/cHAs50IygO8

Timeline photos 31/03/2022

Timeline photos

INVASIVE PLANT: Princess Tree (Paulownia tomentosa)
Also known as Empress Tree, this native of China was imported to Europe in the 1830s and then introduced shortly after into the U. S. where it has been cultivated as an ornamental in parks and gardens. Touted as the fastest growing tree in the world, its aggressive spread into natural areas has caused it to be listed as invasive throughout much of the East Coast, including Arlington and Alexandria.

Learn more about the problems posed by this invasive plant from a fact sheet under Invasive Plants & Better Alternatives at MGNV.ORG.
Return at 4:00 p.m. to discover NATIVE ALTERNATIVES.

Photos from Virginia Tech Forage Extension's post 31/03/2022

Photos from Virginia Tech Forage Extension's post

31/03/2022

What spring birds are you seeing right now? 🐦

Learn more about creating an inviting habitat for your feathered friends.
➡️ bit.ly/HORT59

31/03/2022

As we get back outside, remember that spring is tick season! Ticks are active year round in Virginia and are known to cause a number of diseases in Virginia, including ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and lyme disease.

Here are some tips from Virginia Department of Health on reducing risk of tick borne disease:

- Recognize when you are in potential tick habitats such as leaf
litter and vegetation in forest environments.
- Walk in the center of forest trails, keep grass cut and rake
leaves/clear brush in wooded/shady yards.
- Wear light-colored clothing so ticks are visible.
- Tuck pant legs into socks or boots, tuck shirts into pants and
wear long sleeved shirts.
- Apply repellents to exposed skin containing up to 50% DEET
for adults or less than 30% DEET for children. Repellents containing other active ingredients such as bioUID, oil of lemon
eucalyptus, IR3535, picaridin, or 2-undecanone may also be
effective.
- Apply repellent containing 0.5% permethrin to shoes, socks,
and clothing. Follow directions carefully and do not apply this
repellant to skin. Clothing repellents are very effective.
- Conduct thorough tick checks after you have been in tick
habitat; remove ticks promptly.

More info on ticks in Virginia:https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/12/2019/08/Tick-borne-Disease-in-Virginia-Flyer-8.5-x-11-format-for-website-.pdf

27/03/2022

Will cold damage my fruit trees or bushes? Cold temperatures the last few days (and still in the forecast) might have you worried about blueberry bushes or fruit trees. Whether or not buds sustain freeze damage depends on the fruit stage of development.

As bud swell progresses, cold tolerance decreases. Early swollen buds can often withstand temperatures in the teens (degrees Fahrenheit) without any damage. As buds develop and begin to open, temperatures in the low 20s can cause harm to fruit buds and developing leaves.

Use the photographic guides linked below to assess what state of development your buds are in and what temperatures you should be worried about!

Info on freeze injury in tree crops: https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/freeze_damage_depends_on_tree_fruit_stage_of_development

Table with critical temperature ranges for different bud stages in tree crops: https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/picture-table-critical-spring-temperatures-for-tree-fruit-bud-development-stages

Blueberry photographic guide to bud stages and temperature damage information: https://www.canr.msu.edu/blueberries/growing_blueberries/growth-stages

**Of course, a number of factors contribute to whether or not plants will be damaged. Cultivar, climate, and may other factors cannot be accounted for in guides like these, so please use these to guide decision making and use your judgement. If you have questions, reach out to your local Extension Master Gardeners.

27/03/2022

Wondering when it's safe to start gardening? Here are the estimated last frost dates for Virginia.

Need more info? Check out our full planting guide here 👉 bit.ly/SPES426_331

‼️ Remember that these dates are just estimates and you should monitor your weather forecast as you plan to plant tender summer veggies.

22/03/2022

In 1969, Fannie Lou Hamer, a woman’s rights activist, civil rights leader, and community organizer purchased 40 acres of land in Ruleville, Mississippi to found the Freedom Farm Cooperative?

Mrs. Hamer came from a family of sharecroppers and saw a need to establish self-sufficiency through farming to empower poor black farmers.

Freedom Farm Cooperative farmers planted crops that included soybeans, cucumbers, cotton, peas, and so much more!

Fannie Lou Hamer was inducted into the National Woman’s Hall of Fame in 1993.

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22/03/2022

Amazing photo, time in an hourglass. Click on the "See more" option for the photo explanation.

APOD: The Sky in 2021 (2022 Mar 21)
Image Credit & Copyright: Cees Bassa
(Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy)
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap220321.html
Repost with annotated image

Explanation: What if you could see the entire sky -- all at once -- for an entire year? That, very nearly, is what is pictured here. Every 15 minutes during 2021, an all-sky camera took an image of the sky over the Netherlands. Central columns from these images were then aligned and combined to create the featured keogram, with January at the top, December at the bottom, and the middle of the night running vertically just left of center. What do we see? Most obviously, the daytime sky is mostly blue, while the nighttime sky is mostly black. The twelve light bands crossing the night sky are caused by the glow of the Moon. The thinnest part of the black hourglass shape occurs during the summer solstice when days are the longest, while the thickest part occurs at the winter solstice. Yesterday was an equinox -- when night and day were equal -- and the northern-spring equinox from one year ago can actually be located in the keogram -- about three-quarters of the way up.

Unannotated: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/2203/YearOfSky_Bassa_960.jpg

https://twitter.com/cgbassa
https://www.astron.nl/about/

Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page
http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=220321

Photos from Virginia Cooperative Extension's post 22/03/2022

We’re thankful for all farmers in the Greensville/Emporia community during National Ag Week and every week!

Charlottesville’s 10th & Page has fewer trees and higher temperatures than other residential neighborhoods — and it’s not by accident 21/03/2022

Charlottesville’s 10th & Page has fewer trees and higher temperatures than other residential neighborhoods — and it’s not by accident

Charlottesville’s 10th & Page has fewer trees and higher temperatures than other residential neighborhoods — and it’s not by accident "What I think redlining and all of these nefarious urban planning decisions from the past show us is that decisions that we make can reverberate for a hundred years or more,” said Jeremy Hoffman, a researcher at the Science Museum of Virginia.

21/03/2022

Come join us for a look at our active research at the Southern Piedmont AREC on April 5th! Call 434-818-5545 to RSVP!

Photos from Extension Master Gardener's post 21/03/2022

Photos from Extension Master Gardener's post

2022 Soil Fertility/Crop Nutrition Workshop and Cover Crop Field Tour 18/03/2022

2022 Soil Fertility/Crop Nutrition Workshop and Cover Crop Field Tour

Please use the link below to pre-register for next weeks workshop & field day. There is no cost to participate,but for lunch planning purposes, please pre-register!
See you there!
-Sara

2022 Soil Fertility/Crop Nutrition Workshop and Cover Crop Field Tour The event will feature Virginia Tech faculty discussing current issues in regard to soil fertility, plant nutrition and cover crops in Virginia row crop production. All major row crops will be covered. Event will be open to farmers, industry, and government agencies. Lunch will be provided and there...

18/03/2022

Buying seeds? Here's what some of the terms printed on seed packets mean!

Find more info on cultivating plants from seed here:
www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-001/426-001.html

Mike Goatley on Twitter 15/03/2022

Mike Goatley on Twitter

Seeing holes in your yard this spring? Extension Specialist Mike Goatley discusses voles and resources for yard management. Check it out!

https://twitter.com/VAturf/status/1503737331865509897?s=20&t=J3lk84Jrk6sahWiPfmNeVw

Mike Goatley on Twitter “The warming temperatures of spring result in lots of activity in our lawns & landscapes, including pests. @VACoopExt @vt_fishwild Specialist Jim Parkhurst discusses voles & their management in today's @vtturfgrass Clipping: https://t.co/lWnOSJYZ6a @vtspes @VTCals”

15/03/2022

When I was a kid, there was an American beech in my grandparents' backfield that was easy to climb. My friends and I spent many hours in that tree - carving our initials and profound statements like "I love Duran Duran" into the bark.

When my grandparents sold their farm to a developer, I was terrified that our tree graffiti would be discovered and we would be in trouble. Somehow, I knew it was bad - even though I didn't know why. (Our destruction was never discovered as far as I know.)

Spend Fifteen Minutes in the Forest with Neil Clark to learn more about American beech and the damage that is inflicted when we cut into its bark - this Friday at 12:15 right here on FB live.

Neil Clark

Photo credit: The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/metro/urban-jungle/pages/110802.html

13/03/2022

Guess what!

11/03/2022

Avian Flu is now in Virginia and is highly contagious. One of the most important ways to keep Virginia poultry safe is to practice good biosecurity measures.

Read more ⤵️
www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian/defend-the-flock-program/defend-the-flock-program

If you think you have identified an infected domestic or wild bird, contact the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 804-692-0601.

09/03/2022

Industry, government, & researchers will be gathering at the 2022 Virginia Agriculture & Natural Resources Summit in Richmond on April 12-13.

Stakeholders are invited for a dynamic conference to discuss exciting partnerships and innovation in the commonwealth’s agriculture and natural resources industries —the state’s largest private sector.

Learn more!👇
vtx.vt.edu/articles/2022/03/cals_anr_summit_2022.html

Upcoming March Events and Workshops 09/03/2022

Upcoming March Events and Workshops

Upcoming March Events and Workshops Register Today! Limited Spaces Available View as Webpage Pastured Poultry Tomorrow, March 9 • 9AM | Petersburg, VA REGISTER NOW Topics include layer and broiler operation considerations; laws and regu

09/03/2022

Don't miss a new 3-part webinar series hosted by and Natural Area Management Services! 🌲

The webinar series runs on Thursdays from March 10-24 and covers a variety of topics designed for green industry professionals, land managers, and foresters on managing a small-acreage property through a case-study approach.

Learn more! ⤵️
vtx.vt.edu/articles/2022/02/ext-natural-area-management-webinar.html

Crop, Soils, Horticulture and Natural Resources

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