Experts advise gardening caution

CMI photo: Tonjia Rolan Charles Guthals of Guthals Nursery in Clovis prepares a Cleveland pear tree for spring planting. Tonjia Rolan With spring just days away and temperatures hitting the mid-80s this week, area residents may be anxious to start greening up lawns and planting gardens. Local lawn and garden experts urged gardeners not to […]

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 […]

First person: Barry teacher helps enrich learning experience

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sharon White teaches her grandchildren with educational games and toys. CNJ staff Sharon White has been in charge of the Enrichment Lab at Barry Elementary School for five years. Students attend the lab in 30 minute increments to get one-on-one help with their class work. Planting the seed: We had […]

Farmers: Recent rain not enough

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Recent rains have helped crops in Roosevelt and Curry counties, but farms and ranches still need more, producers said. Allen Deen, who dryland farms southeast of Floyd, said his family is planting hay grazer and milo. “We’re just marginal on our moisture, but we’re kind of running out of […]

Ag Sense: Planting season time for optimism

By Mark Marsalis: New Mexico State University If fall is a time to look back and reflect on the season’s bountiful produce, then spring is certainly a time to look ahead in anticipation of what is to come. As the winds start to blow and temperatures rise, you’ll begin to notice more and more activity […]

Spring planting options are plenty

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist It’s on the lips of everyone, or nearly everyone. It only becomes reality when you step outside and begin looking around with an eye to the approaching growing season.

God can help us to bear our best fruits

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I passed a huge garden near Texico the other day, and it brought back memories of my garden planting experiences. I estimated that the garden was about an acre and the owner had it so manicured and neat that it could appear on the cover of any national magazine. I […]

Time to start getting yards, garden ready for spring planting

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Lavonn Guthals of Clovis prunes her rose bushes Thursday afternoon in her backyard. Guthals said that gardening is a hobby she has enjoyed for years. By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Local gardeners recommend folks wait until after April 15 to start their spring planting. However, it’s not too early […]

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 […]

Experts say fall best time for planting

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer If you want a spring garden blooming with flowers and green lawn grass now is the time to get digging, experts say. It may seem like it is too early to be thinking about a spring garden, but experts say the fall is the best time to plant. “I […]

Lack of moisture hampers planting

By Mike Linn A lack of precipitation and plenty of wind-battered crop land has been concerning area farmers, causing some to parlay excessive amounts of water onto their fields from area agriculture wells. One Roosevelt County farmer, Colin Chandler, said he has already spent more money fixing water pumps this year than all of last […]