Cotton crop damaged by hail

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Todd Lingnau stands over his ruined crop of cotton on County Road 3 east of Farwell. Recent hail storms totaled the field, which Lingnau said should have been budding by now. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of acres of cotton have been damaged or destroyed by hail damage in […]

Dryland wheat looks promising

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A fungus called rust reported in some Curry County wheat fields reduces crop yield and nutrient value, costing farmers money, state agronomist Mark Marsalis says. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Dryland wheat farmers in Curry County are cautiously optimistic about having one of their best years in a while. […]

Business feature: Area cotton farmers catching up on harvest after wet weather

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Cotton is harvested Saturday in a field off Texas Farm-to-Market Road 145 east of Farwell. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Warmer weather and sunnier skies have allowed the delayed cotton harvest to get back into full swing. However, cotton producers say the record yields predicted earlier this year probably won’t […]

Clovis experiencing wettest November in recorded history

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Water drains from a field at Guy Leeder Softball Complex in April. (Staff file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Local farmers are holding out hope that the rain will stay away in the coming weeks so they can continue to harvest cotton. But the National Weather Service is predicting wetter than normal weather […]

Wet weather dampens cotton outlook

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Rain soaked cotton remains on the plant in a field south of Melrose. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Farwell farmer Randy Cain said there’s little chance his cotton crop will produce quality T-shirts this year. And the more it rains the greater the chance his 220 acres of cotton […]

Larvae threatens wheat crop

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Thanks to a soggy summer and unseasonably cool fall temperatures, the area wheat harvest is being threaten by a pre-beetle grub that feasts on the plant’s roots. The cool weather for the last month and above average rainfall in eastern New Mexico created prime soil conditions for wheat diseases […]

Moisture makes for gain on grain

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Heavy rains early this month have set wheat farmers up for a strong harvest this summer, though more rain would secure the possibility, a local agriculture agent said on Sunday. Curry County ag agent Stan Jones said many area farmers were preparing to cut their losses early this year. […]

Hot, dry weather hard on farmers

By Mike Linn A stretch of hot and dry weather during the summer had a negative impact on the harvest of produce on area farms. And too often when moisture did arrive, it came in the form of hail, which in large sizes can wipe out acres of crop land in less than an hour, […]

Weather hasn’t been friend to this year’s cotton crop

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Monti Vandiver, integrated pest management extension agent for Parmer and Bailey counties, holds a cotton plant damaged by the weather Tuesday in a field north of Farwell. By Gary Mitchell FARWELL — After a month of devastating winds, rain, hail and blowing sand, area cotton farmers are now hoping for just a little sunny weather. […]

Dryland farming may not be a viable option

By Tony Farkas Since the High Plains’ economy is based on agriculture, and since water for crops and livestock may soon be in short supply, one solution seems obvious: Farmers should stop irrigating and raise dryland crops. But that won’t work, most agricultural experts agree. “I don’t see that happening, not in my lifetime,” said […]