Warm, windy weather hard on crops

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico High winds and hot temperatures have tested the skills of gardeners and farmers and tried the patience of everyone this spring. “We’ve certainly seen our share of warm and windy weather,” said Todd Shoemake, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “We’re getting a little sick of it […]

3-4-08 Business digest

Diversified crops subject of Ag program Grain sorghum and diversified crops are the subject of a Texas AgriLife Extension Service program Friday in Muleshoe. The program will be held from 9 a.m.-noon (CST) at the Bailey County Coliseum, 118 West Ave. C in Muleshoe Grain sorghum, sunflower and other crops will be discussed. The program […]

11-25 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: On Good Land: The Autobiography of an Urban Farm by Michael Ableman was given by Jim and Carolyn Shipley in memory of Charles Novotny. The remarkable story of one farm’s struggle for survival focuses on Fairview Gardens, a once-rural farm in a vast checkerboard of […]

Clovis center focuses on irrigation project

By Mark Marsalis: Ag Sense Declining groundwater levels in the New Mexico High Plains are threatening the sustainability of highly productive irrigated agriculture, which is the foundation for economic stability in the region. With reduced amounts of irrigation water available to producers, it is imperative maximum water use efficiency be achieved in order for farmers […]

Pumpkin crop pops up

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Rogelio Nieto, right, tosses pumpkins to Albert Lopez, left, at Davis Farms. Lopez loads the pumpkins on a conveyor belt where they are sorted. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Lining fences and decorating yards, pumpkins provide a splash of vivid color to the landscape and are a sure sign that […]

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, […]

Rain soothes growing pains, ag officials say moisture came at just the right time for thirsty area crops.

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Parmer County Extension Service agent Monti Vandiver said the rain the area received in the past week has put the cotton growth back on schedule.(CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Recent rain has come at a perfect time to help farmers in the region catch up on moisture, but it’s […]

Weather taking toll on cotton crop

By Betsy Blaney: The Associated Press LUBBOCK — Even after two straight years of bumper crops in Texas, cotton farmers like Billy Tiller are worried about the future. Tiller’s 5,000 acres are parched, thanks to triple-digit temperatures and one of the driest springs in the history of the nation’s top cotton-producing state. “I’ve never seen […]

NMSU research facility field tests seeds for farmers

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Nicholas Dietrick, 14, of Tyrone, Okla. checks out the sunflower field Tuesday at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center near Clovis during the annual field day. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The 164 acres feature alfalfa and wheat and other ordinary crops, including sunflowers that grow to an average […]

Technology helps out ancient profession

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Buddy Jorde, 14, bags potatos for John Jay Ball at the Portales Farmer’s Market on Thursday. The Jorde family, which includes Sheri (left) and Jessica, is using the Internet to save money on shipping crops. Photo by Kevin Wilson. By Mike Linn While many use the Internet as an electronic maze of MP3 piracy and […]

Business looking up for farmer who sells parachutes

By Gary Mitchell Clovis farmer Scott Pipkin checks the air sock just outside his house to make sure the wind isn’t too strong for takeoff. He enlists his brothers, Stan and Spencer, to help him spread out the parachute. Then he climbs into what looks like a sophisticated go-cart contraption, fires up the two-stroke, 65-horsepower […]

Rain storm is hail on some farmers

By Mike Linn A surge of timely rain in Roosevelt County and some unwelcomed hail near the Texas state line over the weekend has brought both joy and unrest to local farmers. While the rain over the weekend was a welcome commodity to the west side of the sun-baked county, hail on the east side […]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, Clovis and Portales — and many other eastern New Mexico communities — could be ghost towns […]

Agriculture chief water user in area

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By Tony Farkas Agriculture is the foundation for eastern New Mexico’s economy. The cotton gins that didn’t stop production even on Thanksgiving Day, the farm implements seen along the roads and highways every spring and fall, and the aroma from the local feedlots and dairies offer plenty of physical evidence to support the statement. Statistics […]

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 […]