Cooperative Extension

  1. Agriculture & Natural Resources

  1. 4-H

Pest Alert: Fall Armyworm 

This year, residents in Chesterfield and across the Mid-Atlantic have been experiencing the destruction brought on by the fall armyworm. In the numbers present, it has been reported destroying lawns. This insect has a big appetite for grasses, grains, corn and other forage crops. It is important to familiarize yourself with how this worm looks and to scout your land for it. It may still have another generation mid-to-late September. The good news is that it does not tolerate our cold temperatures and will be killed by the first frost. For more information, contact Cooperative Extension office at 804-751-4401.

VHD GraphicVirtual Help Desk

Within our new normal, there are so many changes to the ways we go about our daily routines. One thing that hasn’t changed is our dedication to helping you with your gardening and landscaping questions, and that’s why we’re happy to share a new way for you to reach us through our Master Gardeners Virtual Help Desk email.

Simply email your questions and we’ll assign a Master Gardener to assist you. If needed, you may attach photos or a short video to illustrate your question; review guidance on submitting your photo to the Plant Disease Clinic (PDF). Our Master Gardeners will respond, and we’ll either call (if provided) or email you with our response.

Review our Identification Services page on how to collect and submit a sample. 

About the Program

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. The Virginia Cooperative Extension provides programs and information covering the broad areas of agriculture, families and 4-H. Our goal is to help our citizens maintain and improve the quality of their environment. We proudly offer the following programs:

  • Financial Management
  • Gardening Advice
  • Nutrition Education
  • Plant Diagnosis
  • Seminars Camps
  • Youth Programs

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