Researchers looking at biofuel crops for area

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The High Plains agriculture scene could get in on the action in biofuel production, and its profits, if two researchers have their way. The two scientists at New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis are looking into what biofuel-producing crops could most benefit eastern New Mexico and […]

Ag sense: Sorghum-based intercropping system viable option

The increasing demand for good quality forages by the dairy industry, and the declining water resources, are threatening the sustainability of highly productive irrigated agriculture in the southern High Plains. Corn and alfalfa are the predominant forages in the region. However, the declining water resources cannot support their production for long. Lower water needs of […]

Crops conference being held Friday

The Crops Conference is set for March 6 in the Bailey County Coliseum at 2006 West American Blvd., Muleshoe, TX.

Feral hog population threatens agriculture industry

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The feral hog is rapidly becoming the new coyote, or pest, for farmers across eastern New Mexico, a state agriculutural official said Thursday at the 41st annual Agricultural and Home Economics Seminar in Tucumcari. State officials outlined the problem as well as a creative program still being developed to […]

Dry season could leave farmers’ wallets lighter

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer argen_duncan@link.freedom.com A dry winter, on top of a dry year, is leaving some area farmers worried and some just waiting to see what happens. Elida dryland farmer Greg Burris estimated that his crops have received much less than half of what is considered […]

Cotton harvest coming to close

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Juan Cruz, left, and Ulises Vazquez pack a bale of cotton Tuesday at the Parmer County Cotton Grower’s Co-op in Farwell. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cotton production rose slightly this year as farmers finish up harvesting cotton crops stunted by bad weather. Craig Rohrbach, general manager of the […]

Rains delay farmers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dennis Chavez Park, located next to 14th Street, is flooded Monday as a result of the weekend’s rains. By Gabriel Monte and Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Farmers in the process of harvesting their crops in the eastern New Mexico and West Texas region are playing the waiting game with […]

Field day offers farmers insight on crops

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Mark Marsalis, NMSU agronomist, explains the difference between corn and sorghum Thursday during the NMSU’s annual Field Day at the Agricultural Science Center in Clovis. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State University Science Center held its annual field day on Thursday — a sort of show and […]

Recent rains benefit farmers’ market vendors

Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Local growers say the crops are looking good and they’re ready for the official opening of the Portales Farmers’ Market. The market will be open at a new time — 5 p.m. — Mondays and Thursdays through the end of October, said Margie Plummer, market manager. “We got a lot […]

AgSense: Need will grow for more forage crops to meet demand for ethanol

By Leonard Lauriault: Guest columnist Federal expectations are to provide for 38 percent of ethanol needs from cellulosic sources, such as crop residue, wood, specialty crops, like kenaf, and traditional forage crops without interfering with projected food and fiber needs. Crop residue is not viable because removing greater than 25 percent is detrimental to soil […]