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 […]