High plains crops present opportunities, challenges

By Sangu Angadi: AgSense An increasing demand for healthy cooking oil (low in saturated fat) and a growing importance in biodiesel production are driving the interest in oilseed crops in the High Plains. Growing oilseed crops also offers rotational benefits including better weed management opportunities. The residual meal after extraction of oil from most oilseeds […]

Researchers promoting canola as viable crop for area

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Researchers at the New Mexico State University Science Center in Clovis said canola would be a viable crop in the High Plains because it can be used for biodiesel production and as dairy feed. Science center assistant professor Sangu Angadi advocates the use of canola over corn in biofuel […]

Biodiesel plant construction in motion

CNJ staff Construction of the $16 million Clovis Biodiesel plant has begun at the Clovis Industrial Park, according to a company official. Financing agreements have been completed with Bank of Albuquerque by ARES Blue Sun Development, Clovis Biodiesel’s parent company, officials announced in a news release. The plant is expected to be operational by the […]

Ag Sense: Canola ideal biodiesel crop

By Sangu Angadi: Ag Sense The biodiesel industry is rapidly growing in the United States. Energy security, fuel quality, and environmental and economic benefits are driving this growth. Biodiesel can be produced in this country with existing technology, thus reducing reliance on foreign oil. With a higher cetane rating, lubricity and oxygen content, biodiesel offers […]

Research center field of greens

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Paul Gutierrez, the associate dean and associate director of the New Mexico State Cooperative Extension Service, outlines his vision for the school’s dairy program Wednesday during a field day at the school’s research center north of Clovis. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Around a bend on a narrow road, pockets of sorghum, canola, sunflowers, […]