Virginia Cooperative Extension - Floyd County

Virginia Cooperative Extension - Floyd County

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Thanks to Lynette Vest, Annette Bowling Craighead, Windy Hills Farm - Riner VA, Plenty!, Virginia Cooperative Extension - Floyd County, Riverstone Organic Farm, Floyd County High School, Head Start, a program of New River Community Action, Terri Howell Burnette, Floyd Elementary School for all their help with this year's Healthy Floyd Preschool Produce program. And thanks to The Floyd Press for the wonderful write-up!
How many Floyd Counties are in the country? To find out the answer check the flyer below. A few Extension Service Educators will be hosting a live Q and A session on June 26th at 9a.m. EST on the National Association of County Agricultural Agents YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzNBJf6zA4iMq5DoVrQ8y0w

Join us and find out how our Floyd Counties are similar and how they are different but also feel free to ask your agriculture and natural resource questions.

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Citizens' CCTV Channel 20's new episode of In My Garden is ready. You can watch on CCTV (daily program times listed in comments) or at the link below.
Episode 2: March 20, 2020. A visit with Floyd Cooperative Extension Agent, Jon Vest, to discuss collection of soil samples for testing. Planting snap pea seeds and a visit with the chickens.
https://youtu.be/ch6y6uzsqKY
The Apple Tree Grafting Workshop has been canceled for this spring, but Citizens' CCTV crew filmed it last year, and you can watch it on YouTube. May it inspire you to get out there and graft some apple trees! https://youtu.be/9YCu-D-F0Uo Floyd Cooperative Extension
Want to learn how to graft your own fruit trees?🌳🍎
Watch as Floyd Cooperative Extension agent Jon Vest explains the grafting process.⬇️
Was there a list of winners from the Gator Give away?
2020 ServSafe Food Handlers & Managers Classes for Floyd & Montgomery

This is the official page for Floyd Cooperative Extension. Here, you will find updates from all three of our program areas including; Family and Consumer Sciences, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and 4-H Youth Development.

We are credible experts and educators who provide everyday information, education, and tools that you can use to improve your life. We take university knowledge and research and put it into the hands of the people and clients we serve. Our Floyd VCE Office offers services such as soil testing, plant disease diagnosis, insect ID, pressure canner gauge testing, tips on food preservation and food saf

Operating as usual

12/16/2021

Keep holiday greenery fresh and pets safe...

Keep holiday greenery fresh and pets safe from toxic plant material by following these tips from Virginia Cooperative Extension - Portsmouth master gardener Johanna Perakes.
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vtx.vt.edu/articles/2021/12/ext-holiday-wreaths.html

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program | Portsmouth Master Gardeners

12/14/2021

Great tips...

Check out these great tips for keeping your holiday plants healthy from Virginia Cooperative Extension- Fairfax County horticulture agent Adria Bordas.
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vtx.vt.edu/articles/2021/12/Horticulture_expert.html

Photos from Virginia Cooperative Extension - Floyd County's post 12/13/2021

The Virginia Forage & Grassland Council has been a long time partner of our ANR colleagues, and with their help organizes an annual conference. This year’s conference “The ‘Green’ Side of Beef” will explore the environmental and nutritional aspects of livestock.

• January 18, 2021 - Wytheville Meeting Center, Wytheville, VA
• January 19, 2021 – Olde Dominion Ag Complex, Chatham, VA
• January 20, 2021 – The Carver Center, Rapidan, VA
• January 21, 2021 – Blue Ridge Community College, Plecker Center, Weyers Cave, VA (Will be livestreamed in addition to in-person. See website for registration.)

12/08/2021

The New River Valley Master Gardener Program is seeking applicants for the 2022 Master Gardener Training class. The classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Virginia Tech Campus and at the Montgomery County Government Center. The class runs from February 15th through May 5th. Topics covered include basic botany, plant propagation, herbaceous plants, houseplants, vegetables, fruits, pruning, landscape design, floral design, lawn care, woody plants, entomology, plant pathology, abiotic stresses, soils, and pesticide use and safety. The cost for the course is $185.00 and participants do 50 hours of volunteer service.
Contact Wendy Silverman at the Montgomery County Extension Office at 540-382-5790 for more information.

The New River Valley Master Gardener Program is seeking applicants for the 2022 Master Gardener Training class. The classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Virginia Tech Campus and at the Montgomery County Government Center. The class runs from February 15th through May 5th. Topics covered include basic botany, plant propagation, herbaceous plants, houseplants, vegetables, fruits, pruning, landscape design, floral design, lawn care, woody plants, entomology, plant pathology, abiotic stresses, soils, and pesticide use and safety. The cost for the course is $185.00 and participants do 50 hours of volunteer service.
Contact Wendy Silverman at the Montgomery County Extension Office at 540-382-5790 for more information.

12/06/2021

Love cooking, nutrition, and physical activity? Why not be a #VaCoopExt Master Food Volunteer?!

#VirginiaCooperativeExtension Master Food Volunteers help family and consumer science extension agents reach more Virginians with up-to-date, research-based knowledge on nutrition, food preparation, food safety, and physical activity. Watch as Dr. Melissa Chase, the VCE consumer food safety program manager, discusses the program with Living Local's Kianna Price. 👉 bit.ly/LLmfv21

Learn how to become a Master Food Volunteer 👉 ext.vt.edu/food-health/master-food-volunteer.html

12/03/2021

Turnips...

Turnips are in season, but what on earth do you do with them?! 🤔
Try these tasty #turnip recipes! 👇
bit.ly/ESMMturnips

Photos from Virginia Cooperative Extension - Floyd County's post 12/02/2021

December 2021

12/02/2021

It's winter--not the time for planting vegetables.... but a great time to buy seeds and plan your vegetable garden for next year!

The warmest parts of Virginia will be able to start planting again in February, and the rest of the commonwealth can begin cool-weather crops in March/April.

(We know many of you already know this--but for beginning gardeners, this information could be useful, especially if you are used to seeing these monthly planting graphics!)

🍅 View the full planting calendar: https://resources.ext.vt.edu/contentdetail?contentid=2085

December/January Chart Text:
Vegetables to plant in December and January: NONE!

Photos from Virginia Cooperative Extension's post 12/01/2021

Pocket Spending Guide, a great resource for your holiday budget

Timeline photos 11/24/2021

I yummy fall recipe...

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup from The Virginia Family Nutrition Program

Leftovers: Let’s Keep the Best Part of Thanksgiving Safe | Food Safety and Inspection Service 11/23/2021

Leftovers: Let’s Keep the Best Part of Thanksgiving Safe | Food Safety and Inspection Service

LOVE YOUR LEFTOVERS Read this article for more details. Happy THANKSGIVING!!

Leftovers: Let’s Keep the Best Part of Thanksgiving Safe | Food Safety and Inspection Service The .gov means it’s official. Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.

11/19/2021

As temperatures drop, don't forget to mulch your strawberry plants! 🥶(Make sure to do this before temps hit 20 degrees F)

Strawberries can be mulched with clean, w**d-free oat, wheat or soybean straw. 🍓
bit.ly/SPES-56NP

Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences | Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program | VSU College of Agriculture

11/18/2021

Save the Date: Floyd, Giles, Montgomery 4-H Camp at the Skelton 4-H Center, June 27-July 1.

Application for Teen Leaders and CITs is now available at the link below:

https://forms.gle/5xDMapKkT27yPeqG8

Turkey Talk Line | Butterball® 11/18/2021

Turkey Talk Line | Butterball®

It never fails, you are in the middle of meal prep and there is a dilemma you must solve. If you can reach your go to person, the internet is full of resources. Here are some tried and true resources perfect for the winter holiday seasons. Hope everyone enjoys their time with friends and family.
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-888-MPHotline
https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets

https://www.butterball.com/about-us/turkey-talk-line

Preparing Turkey Fresh or Frozen
Thawing Instructions and Roasting
https://pepin.extension.wisc.edu/family-living/food-information/preparing-turkey-fresh-or-frozen/

Turkey Talk Line | Butterball® Learn about the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line®, which provides expert assistance for all turkey questions.

11/12/2021

As cool weather approaches, Asian Lady Beetles are on the move and looking for warm places to spend the winter, which means they might think your house looks pretty cozy.

Good news though, Virginia Tech Department of Entomology expert Eric Day says the ladybug look-alikes are not dangerous or poisonous.

🐞 Read more from WSLS 10 / WSLS.com 👉 bit.ly/WSLS10alb

🐞 Read the #VaCoopExt Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle factsheet 👉 bit.ly/VCE444-275

11/05/2021

You trekked to the #pumpkin patch, found the perfect pumpkins and gourds, and arranged them around your house. So, what do you do with them now?? 🎃

Dr. Melissa Chase, consumer food safety program manager in the Virginia Tech Food Science & Technology Department, has some easy ways to turn your pumpkins, squash, and other winter gourds into some fall and winter food favorites.

Learn more & watch her interview on WFXR News Living Local here! 👇
www.wfxrtv.com/living-local/spicing-up-your-menu-with-pumpkins-and-squash/

11/04/2021

Download/Listen to the first episode of the new "4 The Soil: A Conversation" podcast now!
▶️ 4thesoil.org/4-the-soil-podcast.html

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, hear and learn from farmers, agricultural professionals, conservation leaders, master gardeners, and many more on how and why to be 4 the Soil. The podcast is a collaboration of Virginia Cooperative Extension, On The Farm Radio, NRCS, and the Virginia Soil Health Coalition with funding from the Agua Fund, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Community Viability Program through Agricultural, Leadership, & Community Education, Virginia Tech. #VACoopExt #VCEresources #4thesoil #soilhealth #soil

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Man wearing a Virginia Cooperative Extension shirt smiles with hands on hips in front of a tree. Text reading "Eric Bendfeldt, Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension #4thesoil #4thefuture Learn how at 4thesoil.org"

10/13/2021

Registration for this Home Food Preservation class closes on October 15, 2021.

Registration for this Home Food Preservation class closes on October 15, 2021.

10/07/2021

This is National Fire Prevention Week.
Thank you fire and rescue for all you do!!

This is National Fire Prevention Week.
Thank you fire and rescue for all you do!!

Photos from Virginia Cooperative Extension - Floyd County's post 10/06/2021

October's Buzz Body and Bites

10/04/2021

Job Opening in Patrick County VA
Associate Extension Agent
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Patrick County
Job # 517641

10/04/2021

HOKIE BugFest Don't Miss it!!

Did you know that Hokie BugFest is coming up?!
Saturday, October 2nd - December 31st, our virtual festival will be live on HokieBugFest.org! Hosted by the @vt_entomology #hokiebugfest #virginiatech #entomology #education #science #stem #steam #4h

09/30/2021

extension.usu.edu

Cooler weather is just around the corner and that translates to soup time. Although, I think soup is good all year round. Try different combinations and make note of your family’s favorite.
https://extension.usu.edu/fscreate/ou-files/2020-22-staff/Create_Soup.pdf

extension.usu.edu

09/29/2021

You don't need to rake your leaves this fall! Did you know that leaves can be chopped up or "mulched" with a mulching lawn mower and left on your lawn?

Chopping up, or "mulching" leaves and leaving them in place is a cost effective and time-saving means of leaf disposal, and it is another way of keeping yard waste out of the landfill.

To "mulch" your leaves:
- Inspect the site and remove sticks and limbs before mulching.
- Wear safety goggles and an air mask over your mouth and nose to protect yourself from debris and dust.
- Mow over damp leaves with a mulching mower (mulching moist leaves minimizes dust concerns).
- Keep your mower blades sharp and air & fuel filters cleaned
- There is only so much leaf matter that the mower can handle at one time, so use some common sense regarding how many leaves can be effectively mulched in a single mowing event.

Small leaf pieces will easily decompose into the soil and will not harm turf!

More info on mulching leaves & leaving them on your lawn: https://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/99686

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Instead of raking & bagging your leaves this fall, try mulching them on site!
Inspect the site and remove sticks and limbs before mulching.
Wear safety goggles and an air mask over your mouth and nose to protect yourself from debris and dust.
Mow over damp leaves with a mulching mower.
Keep your mower blades sharp and air & fuel filters cleaned

Mulching leaves and leaving them on your lawn has no undesirable effects on turf quality or color, growth, thatch accumulation, soil pH, w**d populations, or disease pressure.

A mulching mower is an effective tool to chop leaves directly back into the turf canopy without negatively impacting the turf.

One pass of a mulching mower over slightly moist leaves (right) greatly reduces leaf coverage as compared to the unmowed area (left).

09/28/2021

Did you know...

Ahhh! It's the Asian giant hornet! Nope, if you see a big hornet in your yard in Virginia, it's most likely the European hornet, cicada killer, or baldfaced hornet which can be easily mistaken for the Asian giant hornet.

Can you spot the Asian giant hornet in this collage? Answer at the bottom of the post!

The Asian giant hornet has not been found in Virginia or in the U.S. outside of Washington state. This species when established can be a major problem for beekeepers, as it takes advantage of hives by attacking them in the spring and fall when they are more vulnerable. In the spring it grabs individual worker bees, and in the fall it attacks a hive in mass, killing the worker bees and then attacking the bee brood to use as a food source.

Three other insects you might confuse for the Asian giant hornet: European hornet, cicada killer, baldfaced hornet

More info: ento.vt.edu/News/Asian_Giant_Hornet.html

ANSWER: A.

The Asian giant hornet is option A! (credit: Allan Smith-Pardo, Invasive Hornets, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org)

B: European hornet (Allan Smith-Pardo, Invasive Hornets, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org)

C: cicada killer (Jim Occi, BugPics, Bugwood.org)

D: baldfaced hornet (Johnny N. Dell, Bugwood.org)

09/28/2021

You may have noticed Praying Mantises (also called Praying Mantids) around recently. Fall is a great time to look for mantises as the females are busy laying eggs.

There are two types of mantises you are likely to encounter: the Carolina Mantis (Stagmomantis carolina) and the Chinese Mantis
(Tenodera sinensis). The Carolina mantid is a relatively common native species, but it may be harder to spot than other mantises because of its camouflage coloration.

To tell them apart, look at their faces and the length of their wings. A Carolina mantis's wings won't reach to the end of their body and it has a more long, rectangular face.

Read more at: https://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/biological-control-information-center/beneficial-predators/carolina-mantid/

Image text:
Carolina Mantis Stagmomantis carolina
Native
Face plate rectangular, not square
Wings only reach 2/3 length of abdomen

Photo of a long, brown mottled insect standing on a branch looking ahead.

Chinese Mantis
Tenodera sinensis
Introduced
Face plate square, not rectangular
Wings extend full length of abdomen

Photo of a long, green insect standing among leaves with a squat triangular head and bulbous eyes looking at the camera.

Photos from Virginia Cooperative Extension's post 09/27/2021

Photos from Virginia Cooperative Extension's post

09/23/2021

www.uwyo.edu

Have a small amount of several different vegetables in the refrigerator and are not sure how you are going to use them? Time for a stir-fry.
http://eatsmartmovemoreva.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/byo_stirfry_v07.pdf
http://www.uwyo.edu/wintherockies_edur/family%20mealtimes/recipes/stir%20fry.pdf

www.uwyo.edu

09/22/2021

Hello
Don’t miss out on registering for the ServSafe Managers Class on October 14, 2021. This is the last class on the current schedule for 2021. A picture of registration information below EASY ONLINE registration at https://register.ext.vt.edu/
Thank you and have a good day.

Hello
Don’t miss out on registering for the ServSafe Managers Class on October 14, 2021. This is the last class on the current schedule for 2021. A picture of registration information below EASY ONLINE registration at https://register.ext.vt.edu/
Thank you and have a good day.

Root To Leaf: Cooking With The Whole Plant - Have A Plant 09/17/2021

Root To Leaf: Cooking With The Whole Plant - Have A Plant

Root to Leaf - - story https://fruitsandveggies.org/stories/root-to-leaf-cooking-with-the-whole-plant/

Root To Leaf: Cooking With The Whole Plant - Have A Plant When it comes to food, American families waste 76 Billion pounds each year. Not cool! Let’s use these tips to wave goodbye to food waste and do our part…

Photos from Virginia Cooperative Extension - Floyd County's post 09/14/2021

Fruits and Veggie
Stay inspired and share creative tips, tricks and all-around impressive food hacks from PBH’s Have A Plant® Ambassadors on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #haveaplant and #NFVM2021!

Bowls Around The World - Have A Plant 09/13/2021

Bowls Around The World - Have A Plant

Not only is it National Fruits and Veggies Month but It’s also International Year of Fruits and Vegetables!
A grain bowl is great way to work vegetables into your meal and to switch up the flavors to fit your mood.
CHALLENGE; Read through these resources, create a bowl for you or your family and post the picture with a short description. Who will be the most creative??
Eat Smart Move More Build Your Own Grain Bowl
NDSU 5 steps Making Your Own Meal in a Bowl
https://fruitsandveggies.org/stories/bowls-around-the-world/

Bowls Around The World - Have A Plant The best part of creating the perfect bowl is mixing and matching flavor combinations that best match your tastebuds. Let’s dive in!

09/08/2021
09/08/2021

#DidYouKnow: You can still plant some cool weather crops like turnips or lettuce in early September? 🥬 It's a good idea to hurry and get veggies in the ground now, especially if you are in the colder parts of the commonwealth.

ℹ️ Find the complete planting guide with planting recommendations here: bit.ly/SPES426-331

#VCEresources #Gardening #FallGarden Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program

09/07/2021

Check out these composting tips from Extension specialist (and #compost expert) Greg Evanylo. ⬇️
bit.ly/VTCompostTips

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program

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Floyd, VA
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