The WVU Extension Service in Roane County is offering its second Progressive Farmer Winter Dinner Meeting on Tuesday, February 18, at the Roane County High School Vocational Department in Spencer, WV. Participants are advised to park in the side parking lot next to greenhouse and enter through shop door. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with a meal provided by local sponsors, including Farm Credit and the Little Kanawha Conservation District.

Tuesday night’s topic will be "Weed Control Updates" by Bruce Loyd, WVU Lewis County Extension Agent. Loyd has been agricultural extension agent in Lewis County, WV since 1992. Prior to that he worked 4 years as a multi-county dairy extension agent in southwestern Pennsylvania. A native of Barbour County, WV, he received his B.S. in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech and his M.S. in Animal Science from Penn State.

Early in his tenure in Lewis County, he recognized autumn olive as a huge brush problem for which nobody had a solution. His quest to find some answers to this problem led to numerous on-farm trials, development of fact sheets, and presentations on brush control in many areas of central WV.

Today, Loyd continues to evaluate new products and advise clients on brush and weed control in pastures and hayfields. He also conducts statewide pesticide recertification programs for commercial applicators and helps produce the statewide private pesticide recertification video. Other major program areas of emphasis include beef cattle production & marketing, pasture management, and youth agriculture programs.

Topics covered in his talk at the dinner meetings will include management of troublesome weeds in pastures and hay fields, including brush and invasive annual grasses. He will also discuss appropriate treatment methods and timings for control of noxious weeds and help with identification of weeds to watch out for.

This meeting is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested and suggested to plan for meals by Monday, February 17, 2020. To pre-register of for more information, call the WVU-Roane County Extension Office at 304-927-0975.

This series of meetings takes place throughout the winter every year and is brought to you in part by the WVU Extension Service and locally by Farm Credit and the Little Kanawha Conservation District.

A final local meeting is planned for March 17 and will cover the topic of grazing for livestock producers. A complete list of winter dinner meetings sponsored by WVU Extension can be found by stopping by the WVU-Roane County Extension Service’s office located in the lower level of the Roane County Library in Spencer, WV or calling the local WVU-Roane County Extension Office at 304-927-0975.

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