Dec. 16, 2008 Business Digest

Xcel Energy donates more than $40K to charities

The Xcel Energy Foundation donated $44,500 in grants to eight eastern and southeastern New Mexico nonprofit groups, according to an Xcel news release.

The grants are part of a total $185,500 in grant funding given to nonprofit groups in the company’s New Mexico and Texas service area that focus on art, culture and environmental outreach and education, according to the release.

Bailey County farmer wins national grain competition

Bailey County Farmer Chris Bass won the 2008 Conventional-Till Irrigated National Grain Sorghum Yield and Management Contest, according to a Texas Agrilife Extension press release.

Using sprinkler irrigation Bass produced 201.76 bushels per acre of sorghum, according to the release.

The contest is an annual competition among sorghum producers with the goal of producing the highest yields.

In addition to the national conventional-till irrigated division win, Chris won the Bin Buster award which is a “no holds barred” maximum National yield contest, according to the release.