Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture
(WVDA) announced four new produce records were established in 2017. Produce or
fruit eligible for records must follow several rules including being grown in
West Virginia and within one season.
“We’re the only state
in the region that has this type of program. We see it as a fun way to
encourage farming while bring attention to our gardeners throughout the state,”
said West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt.
Dustin Trychta of
Morgantown set the new standards in three categories. His mammoth 38.6 lb.
cantaloupe shattered the previous record of 27.45 lbs. held since 2011 by Glen
Knox. He also set records in two new categories, heaviest carrot at 2 lb. 6.88
oz. and heaviest cucumber at 10.77 lb.
Robert Cyrus’ 1,407
lb. pumpkin was the top entry at the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival and set a
new state record. The previous record was set in 2006 by Scott Wotring at 1,157
“The rules and
categories have been a bit more formalized in recent years. This keeps the
program manageable and as fair as practically possible,” Leonhardt said.
New categories include
carrot by weight, cucumber by weight, pawpaw by weight, sunflower by head
diameter and zucchini by length.
For a complete list of rules and regulations, as
well as current record holders visit here: https://agriculture.wv.gov/divisions/marketinganddevelopment/Pages/Fruit-and-Vegetable-Records.aspx
Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922