West Virginia Conservation Agency  •  1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. •  Charleston, WV 25305  •  304-558-2204

Little Kanawha District

   Calhoun, Ritchie, Roane, <br>Wirt, and Wood

Serving Calhoun, Ritchie, Roane,
Wirt, and Wood counties

District Manager:
Jess Nichols
91 Boyles Lane
Parkersburg, WV 26104
Phone: (304) 422-9088
Fax: (304) 422-9086
Email: LKCD@wvca.us
Driving Directions


From around the LKCD

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District Supervisors

- Mike Nichols

- Roger Shaver

- Norma Collins

- Dexter Graham

- Delmas Carr

- Ivan Banks

- Judy Saunders

- Roger Collins

- Rose Ann Adams

- Sam Sheets

Recent Activity

posted by: Jessica Nichols

District Board Meeting Dates


January 12th

10:00 a.m.

Mill Run Agricultural Service Center, Parkersburg

February 14th

10:00 a.m.

Mill Run Agricultural Service Center, Parkersburg

March 14th

10:00 a.m.

Mill Run Agricultural Service Center, Parkersburg

April 13th

10:00 a.m.

North Bend State Park, Cairo

May 9th

10:00 a.m.

Mill Run Agricultural Service Center, Parkersburg

June 13th

10:00 a.m.

Mill Run Agricultural Service Center, Parkersburg

July 13th

10:00 a.m.

Mill Run Agricultural Service Center, Parkersburg

August 8th

10:00 a.m.

Mill Run Agricultural Service Center, Parkersburg

September 12th

10:00 a.m.

Mill Run Agricultural Service Center, Parkersburg

October 12th

10:00 a.m.

Mill Run Agricultural Service Center, Parkersburg

November 14th

10:00 a.m.

Mill Run Agricultural Service Center, Parkersburg

December 14th

9:00 a.m.

Mountwood Park Administration Building, Waverly

Agendas are available at least three days prior to the meeting and may be obtained by calling the Little Kanawha Conservation District at 304-422-9088. 


Concerned citizens living in the Calhoun, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood County areas are invited to attend and give their input on issues concerning conservation. Please contact the District Office to be place on the agenda to speak. 


If you need additional information regarding the meeting please call the district office at 304-422-9088 or email LKCD


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A Quick Course in Pasture and Grazing Management - 3/15/17
posted by: Jessica Nichols

Dr. Ed Rayburn Extension Specialist, WVU-Extension Service   Reprint from WEST VIRGINIA SMALL FARM ADVOCATE

For many, the details of pasture management are fun to discuss. However, for someone not familiar with the how and why of grazing management the details can become overwhelming. As a professor who studies and teaches pasture management I appreciate knowing many of the intricacies of livestock grazing. As a livestock producer I have learned that there are three principles that enable the producer to achieve near maximum production at the lowest cost in time and money. The three principles are: 1. Soil fertility 2. Timing and Intensity of grazing 3. Balancing forage production and live-stock feed demand Soil fertility is evaluated by proper soil testing. Mixed cool-season pastures based on orchardgrass, tall fescue, bluegrass, and clover need a soil pH of 6.0 or higher with soil test phosphorus, potassium and magnesium in the “High” range. If pH is below 6.0 apply high quality lime. If magnesium is below “High” use a high magnesium lime. If the soil is below “High” in phosphorus or potassium apply the recommended fertilizer to bring these nutrients into the low end of the “High” range. Grass-clover pastures do not need nitrogen fertilization. Clovers produce the equivalent of 150 to 200 lbs. of nitrogen/ acre/year if the soil fertility for other nutrients is where it should be. Timing and Intensity of grazing determine the health of pasture plants and nutrition of the grazing animals. Plant height provides the guidelines for proper grazing timing and intensity. Plant height is the tallest leaf within a 9-inch diameter circle (a hand span) around a pasture stick. Use the average of 20 or more plant heights across a pasture. Timing of grazing is the plant height at which animals should go onto a pasture. Intensity of grazing is the plant height at which animals should be taken off a pasture and put onto a fresh pasture. In all cases, animals should graze a pasture for no more then 7-days. Timng or pre-grazing height • Cool-season grass-legume pastures should grow to an 8- to 12-inch height before grazing • Graze at a lower regrowth height to obtain less mature, high quality forage • Graze at a taller height to obtain high forage mass and to stockpile for deferred grazing Intensity or post-grazing height • Move animals out of the pasture when it is grazed to a 2- to 4-inch height • Graze to a shorter height for high gain/acre, to stimulate legumes, and in cool weather • Graze to a taller residual height for high gain/head and in hot-dry weather Where pastures are continuously grazed the number of animals (or acres grazed) need to be adjusted so that average pasture height stays in a 4- to 6-inch range. Pastures grow faster in the spring than in the summer and fall so there needs to be a plan for balancing forage supply and animal feed demand. One way WV farmers do this is to make first-cut hay on some fields then graze the aftermath growth instead of making second-cut hay. Other options are growing warm-season annuals or perennials or moving stocker cattle off the farm in August, at board sale time when prices are high. When there is a drought or in winter, animals need to be confined to a single or a few pastures or hay meadows and feed hay. This should be done on land that can use the fertility from the manure produced from the hay. Also, do not over-stock the farm. As stocking rate goes up, production costs go up and animal performance goes down. Stock at a moderate rate to increase profits and reduce risk. Follow these management principles to ensure that pasture grasses and legumes flourish and provide excellent nutrition to the grazing livestock.

Is the Price Right? - 3/15/17
posted by: Jessica Nichols

Brandy Brabham WVU-Roane County Extension Agent   Reprint from the WEST VIRGINIA SMALL FARM ADVOCATE

What’s your pricing strategy? The price must fall between two points: what the customer is willing to pay and your break even point (you start losing money). Charge too much and it won’t sell. Charge too little and no profits. While research indicates that price is one consideration, there are multiple layers of pricing. Develop a goal. Pricing reflects how you position your product. If you want to be the go-to-girl for a certain product or service, then always sell only top quality product and offer great service. If you’re positioning your enterprise as a family activity, then have activities and operational hours geared towards the weekends with family friendly packaging, activities and prices. Study the competition. The Internet can give an abundance of information about your customers, the marketplace, and the profit potential. Interview potential customers. Tell them you’re thinking about selling a certain product and ask what they are currently paying for similar products. Calculate total costs. Add fixed costs and variable costs. Then calculate the break-even price for a product or service. Of course you’re not in business to just break even. Identify added value. “What’s your unique selling point? Is it quality, different varieties, free delivery, convenient location, or locally grown? What can you offer that customers are willing to pay more to obtain?” Consider pricing options: • Utilize odd-evening pricing ($3.99 instead of $4.00), standard mark-up pricing (typically a producer marks up price 15% over total cost per unit, a wholesaler 20% over costs, and a retailer 40% over costs.), or customary pricing ( when the pro- duct “traditionally” sells for a certain price). • Target “quality” customers versus “quantity” customers. • Offer volume discounts or add-on products. • Offer two layer pricing- one price for premium service and a lower price for economy service. • Match competitor’s pricing. • Use the same price to establish consistency. When setting prices, perception is everything. How customers view your product or service and what they are willing to pay for it is based upon perceptions. In the end, customers will tell you through their purchasing behavior whether or not prices are too high, too low, or right on the money.

WVU Soil Test Form - 3/6/17
posted by: Jessica Nichols

To make it easier to find the forms you need please see attached a copy of the WVU Soil Testing Form to be wrapped around your sample and mailed to the Soil Testing Lab in Morgantown.  Please send 1 cup of soil per sample.

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