Farmers: Weather great for peanut harvest

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Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Kenneth Cox dumps a load of freshly harvested peanuts into a trailer Wednesday evening southeast of Dora. Cox said the crop is average this year. He expects to be done harvesting in about three days. By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico This summer’s weather has had an effect on the […]

Peanut Valley Festival set for weekend

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The 35th annual Peanut Valley Festival will be held this weekend at the Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University. Event organizers hope the good weather forecast for the weekend will draw a large turnout for this year’s festival. There will be 65 vendors selling arts and crafts, […]

Ag center hosting peanut field day

CNJ staff The Agricultural Science Center of Clovis will have its annual Peanut Field Day on Monday. Registration will be at the Eastern New Mexico University Farm in Portales from 8 a.m. 8:30 a.m. A tour led by Paxton Payton, a physiologist for the USDA-ARS, cropping systems research lab in Lubbock will begin at 8:45 […]

Businesses work to offer variety of flavors

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Portales resident Robert Locke picks up a jar of peanut butter at Sunland Peanuts’ retail store outside of Portales in April. Sunland produces several different flavors and types of peanut butter. Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield When it comes to developing new products, local peanut and candy manufacturers rely on […]

Researchers working to develop less-allergenic peanut

By Naveen Puppala: Ag Sense Peanuts are the most allergenic food known, capable of triggering severe adverse reactions in sensitized individuals. Around 1.5 million people are allergic to peanuts, and peanut allergies cause as many as 100 deaths each year in the U.S. The number of children having an allergic reaction to peanuts has increased […]

Dec. 2 Club Notes

Curry County Federated Republican Women The Curry County Federated Republican Women meeting was held at Dakota’s Steakhouse. Sunland Peanuts representatives Garvin Chandler and Katalin Coburn gave an interesting insight into local business as well as the impact of new developments in the peanut industry. These developments include a number of new flavors of peanut butter […]

Rodents don’t deserve bad reputation

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It’s getting about that time for rats and mice to start making their way into our homes to keep warm. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen a Clovis mouse. I’ve never seen a Clovis rat, but I bet Clovis rats would be normal sized compared to the […]

Researchers seek to end peanut rot

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Researcher Saum Sanogo is working to develop more organic methods to treat pod rot in peanuts. Beneficial microbes for seed treatment and botanical extracts, such as garlic and chili plant extracts, are being studied to determine if they could prove to be beneficial to the peanut community, according to Sanogo, […]

Drought-tolerant peanuts researched

By Naveen Puppala: Ag sense While peanuts have been a longtime success story in eastern New Mexico, researchers at New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Experiment Station at Clovis and fellow scientists are working to help the best get better. Peanuts are an important legume crop with the seed itself composed of approximately 24 percent protein. […]

Business Digest: Sorghum growers meeting slated

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor New Mexico Grain Sorghum Association will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 13 at the Jacob Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, according to an association announcement. Mark Marsalis, extension agronomy specialist with the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, will give an […]