AgSense: Good crops still possible with little rain

By Mark Marsalis Farmers in eastern New Mexico have received little or no precipitation since fall of 2010. In addition, irrigation quantity and seasonal availability are becoming severely limited in the region with each passing year. Consequently, local dryland farmers are facing a no-plant situation for grain crops and irrigated farmers are not sure if […]

Farmers: Last week’s rain little help

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune A pivot sprinkler waters Colin Chandler’s corn field Saturday morning on N.M. 236. Even though he hasn’t turned the sprinklers off since February, Chandler said, the irrigation can’t keep up with the drought. Half an inch of water evaporates from the soil a day, and the sprinkler takes six days to […]

Area farmers, ranchers say federal aid little help in drought

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County farmer Gene Massey harvests some of his wheat crop Friday in Rogers, southeast of Portales. He said the yield is down from 20 bushels an acre last year to 5-12 bushels an acre this year. Argen Duncan Drought is making this year more difficult for area farmers and […]

Farmer: Cotton good planting option

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Chet Chenault, left, and Colin Chandler check the depth of cotton seeds planted by machine last week in Chandler’s field northwest of Portales. Chandler said cotton seeds must be planted about three-fourths of an inch deep. Argen Duncan Despite the drought and wind, a cotton farmer says the crop is […]

Drought won’t delay farmers’ markets

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Don Wiley, owner of Good Shepherd Farm in Curry County, inspects carrots pulled Monday from inside his greenhouse. Wiley also grows kale, tomatoes and broccoli. Kevin Wilson The drought in Curry County hasn’t stopped Don Wiley from getting ready for annual farmers’ markets in both Clovis and Portales. “We’re in […]

Clovis dairy farmer re-elected to DFA board

CNJ staff Dairy Farmers of America Inc.’s Board of Directors has re-elected Wayne Palla, a Clovis dairy farmer, as first vice chairman of the board, according to a news release from DFA. Palla is a member of DFA’s Executive Committee and chairman of the Southwest Area Council, as well as being involved in other dairy-related […]

Wheat farmers bracing for dry winter

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Frank Blackburn of Clovis shows the effects of dry weather — a sparse winter wheat field. Alisa Boswell Two months into the winter growing season, farmers in Curry and Roosevelt County are asking one question: Where’s the rain? With 60 to 70-degree days and less than normal precipitation, the two […]

Year in review: 2010 good year for cotton crop

Argen Duncan Agriculture this year saw good harvests overall, an increase in cotton and a little relief for dairy owners. Floyd farmer Allen Deen said Roosevelt County had 75 percent more cotton than normal this year, and Kenny Whitecotton of Strippers Custom Harvesting estimated the county had 5,000 to 6,000 acres of the crop. Predictions […]

Area farmers: More dryland corn grown for grain

Argen Duncan Roosevelt and Curry County farmers grew more dryland corn for grain this year and they expect the trend to continue. Also, corn silage, the biggest use of locally grown corn, had varied yields this year. Silage goes to feed dairy cattle, while grain corn may be used for ethanol production, livestock feed or […]

Peanut yields up

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune Brian Clark Jr. waits for a trailer to fill with peanuts Wednesday at Portales Select Peanut Company Inc. The machine separates dirt and debris from the nuts, which are then sent to be dried or, in this case, graded. Argen Duncan The peanut harvest this year has brought in higher-than-normal yields […]