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 […]

Drought management for alfalfa

By Leonard Lauriault: Guest columnist While alfalfa is one of the few legumes that can go dormant during extended dry periods, alfalfa growers should consider several strategies to protect their alfalfa stands during drought to protect it for future years. If enough plants survive the drought (5 plants per square foot or 40 stems per […]

Researchers promoting canola as viable crop for area

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Researchers at the New Mexico State University Science Center in Clovis said canola would be a viable crop in the High Plains because it can be used for biodiesel production and as dairy feed. Science center assistant professor Sangu Angadi advocates the use of canola over corn in biofuel […]

Paths easy to remember with God’s help

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist My husband tells the story of his grandfather in the early days of farming in the hot and arid land near Phoenix. It was remarkable that the dry desert was turned into cotton producing fields by using ditch irrigation and row water. Many times Charlie’s grandfather and his family would […]

Irrigation water released

News from Arch Hurley Conservancy District near Tucumcari: The irrigation water will flow today.

April 6, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Golf enthusiasts encouraged to act Are we going to stand by as the Clovis Municipal Golf Course is abused? Golfers need to get involved. The building is in disrepair, needs painting and the roof leaks. The irrigation system is not effective. The equipment is outdated. The labor force is too small.• Why? There is no […]

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 […]

Dairies spur alfalfa production

By Leonard Lauriault: Ag Sense Alfalfa acreage continues to increase in the Texas counties west of I-27 and Curry and Roosevelt counties despite the declining availability of water for irrigation in the region. This increase is directly related to an increase in the number of dairies in the area. Although alfalfa may not produce as […]

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 […]

Tucumcari boy dies after being swept into irrigation canal

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State and local officials search a Tucumari irrigation canal for Agustin Montiel, 12, who was swimming before the currents swept him away. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMACARI — Dive teams found the body of a 12-year-old boy Friday night after nearly 24 hours of searching in a Tucumcari irrigation canal. […]

Residents give input on regional water plan

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Irrigated farming, as area residents know it, could become a thing of the past in eastern New Mexico. Hydrogeologist Amy Ewing gave statistics Monday night that project water saturation thickness in the underground aquifer beneath Curry and Roosevelt counties will be at an all-time low of less than 100 […]

4/5 Business Digest

One seat contested on ENMR board Four board of directors positions are slated for election April 16 at the ENMR Plateau annual membership meeting. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Marshall Junior High School auditorium. The 2005 board of directors features one contested race, a press release from the cooperative showed. Incumbent board member […]

More than cattle on display at ag expo

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Last year’s 11th annual New Mexico Ag Expo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales featured a dairy heifer auction. Freedom Newspapers: Lisa Sonnenschein. By Michelle Seeber PORTALES — About 400 exhibitors from across the United States and Canada are expected to display their wares Feb. 24-25 at the 12th Annual New Mexico Agricultural Expo […]

Officials to discuss water supply

By Mike Linn Portales is hosting a workshop this week on examining ways to slow the rapidly declining water supply in the Ogallala Aquifer. In areas north of Portales, water from the Ogallala declines four times as fast as it is replenished, conservation officials explain, and even with modern farming irrigation systems the extended future […]