Cannon, first responders protect our freedom

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil in our nation’s history. Victims numbered 2,753 in the World Trade Center, including 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority, and eight private emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Another 184 people were killed in the […]

Soil health critical for sustainable farming

Soil health is the ability of the soil to produce safe and nutritious crops sustainably without degrading or affecting the environment negatively. An example of a negative effect of an unhealthy soil is water erosion, which removes the fertile surface soil from the farm and deposits it in places where it is unwanted, such as […]

AgSense: Soil micronutrient deficiencies can affect hay quality

Forages are a significant component of ruminant livestock rations, but crude protein, fiber, digestibility and mineral content affect animal performance often requiring supplementation that leads to increased feed costs. These nutritive value components are often affected by the availability of minerals from the soil. Mineral nutrients are categorized by how much is needed for plant […]

AgSense: Soil temperature key to crop survival

We are slowly warming up from the record breaking low temperatures of early February. Although it is too early to assess the damage on many crops, reports on damage to different crops are appearing in news reports. The growing tip or crown of most winter crops, including winter wheat, is below soil surface. In northern […]

Ag Sense: Strip tillage may be alternative to no-till

By Sangu Angadi Sustainability of agriculture in the southern High Plains depends on improved agronomic practices that protect our limited soil and water resources, and reduce the cost of production. Unreliable precipitation patterns, high intensity rains causing erosion and declining irrigation resources make water the most important factor for limiting agriculture sustainability in the region. […]

Stubble management can have big benefits

By Sangu Angadi In the semiarid climate of the southern Great Plains, strong winds promote evaporation and wind erosion, while unpredictable precipitation patterns expose crops to severe environmental stresses and the high intensity of rains often leads to water erosion. Strong winds in the region frequently cause wind-blown soil abrasion injury (sand blasting) of delicate […]

Manure’s allure

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A chick sits on a bag of chicken manure. Many in the agriculture field value manure, setting it apart from commercial fertilizer for adding nutrients and organic material to soil. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Chicken, horse, cow, bat and even human manure are nothing to turn your nose […]

Zoo offering free compost

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Culled from animal pens and mixed with hay and dirt, the compost makes for excellent fertilizer, according to zoo officials. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It is a sort of secret garden. Through the winding paths of the Hillcrest Zoo lie four heaping piles of animal excrement. Culled from animal […]

Range fire fuels erosion concerns

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — A fire that ripped through the Floyd area last week destroyed more than fences and grassland; it destroyed livelihoods, according to landowners. Floyd area landowners met with Cannon Air Force Base officials and agricultural extension agents Friday at the Floyd Community Center to learn more about the steps […]

Researchers talk peanuts on ag tour

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Ronald Henning of Nitragin, based in Oklahoma, gestures towards a peanut demonstration plot during Thursday’s peanut day sponsored by New Mexico State University. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — In the midst of concrete and asphalt in the city of Portales there is the essence of nature and eastern New […]

State OKs guidelines for plant’s wastewater

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer The New Mexico Environment Department has agreed to let Southwest Cheese and the city of Clovis produce wastewater that would be higher in dissolved solids than it normally allows, department spokesman Jon Goldstein said Friday. But the Environment Department wants two studies done to ensure the increased amount of […]

Dairies large, efficient water users

By Gary Mitchell Dairy operations in the region tend to use large amounts of water, but proponents say they use it efficiently — with little impact to the area’s ground-water source. “Sure they use a lot of water, but their water is never wasted,” said Stan Jones, Curry County extension agent. “The water is used […]

Ethanol plant escapes fines for dumping

By Mike Linn Scientific test results show an ethanol byproduct spill in Melrose in mid-September contaminated the area’s soil, forcing a local ethanol manufacturing company to clean up the mess. High Plains Ethanol officials dug up the soil and disposed of it at a licensed landfill and received no fines for the mishap, said Christina […]