Authorities seek vandals

Freedom New Mexico Authorities are searching for whoever drove through two New Mexico pumpkin patches and caused $4,500 in damages just weeks before Halloween. Curry County deputies say someone drove through a fence Tuesday night in Curry County and damaged the pumpkin patch and corn maze at Davis Farms. Two nights later, someone did the [...]

Wednesday morning briefing: Fair warning, schedules set and the birth of the NBA

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fair warning From 10:30 p.m. Saturday to 2:30 a.m. Sunday, officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting a DWI Check Point within the City of Clovis. Officers will be specifically targeting drunk and drug impaired drivers Schedules set Portales Municipal Schools scheduling [...]

Rising feed prices stretch budgets

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Austin Hale of Clovis One-Stop Feed Inc. said rising feed costs are stretching already tight budgets for consumers who have animals. Sharna Johnson With steadily rising grain-based feed prices, the future is hard to predict, but the one thing that is certain is costs are stretching budgets, especially for those [...]

Area farmers: More dryland corn grown for grain

Argen Duncan Roosevelt and Curry County farmers grew more dryland corn for grain this year and they expect the trend to continue. Also, corn silage, the biggest use of locally grown corn, had varied yields this year. Silage goes to feed dairy cattle, while grain corn may be used for ethanol production, livestock feed or [...]

Corn harvest yields vary for area farmers

Argen Duncan The harvest of corn for silage has gone smoothly in Roosevelt and Curry counties, and yields have varied around the area, according to farmers and harvesters. Most corn grown in the area is chopped for silage, which is used to feed cattle, said Kevin Breshears of SPRA-Green Custom Harvesting. Roosevelt County farmer Rick [...]

Letter to the editor: Middle school design innovative

Have you noticed new home development in Clovis has produced neighborhoods that look like rows of corn — straight-line streets, no wasted space, no green park areas, nothing to break the monotony? Most new construction areas are laid out this way. Developers want the highest density per acre. However, those who donated 40 acres for [...]

Gavilon wants to expand grain operation

CNJ staff The new owner of a grain elevator located west of Clovis hopes to distribute corn residuals from ethanol production and increase the volume of grain handled at the site. Omaha, Neb.-based Gavilon Group, which took over the Peavey Grain Elevator on U.S. Highway 60/84 this spring, will need approval from the state Environment [...]

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 [...]

Corn silage harvest gets late start

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Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Kevin Breshears of Breshears Farms checks corn for moisture Saturday morning in a field west of Portales. The corn harvest for silage has been delayed because of moisture content. By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico This year’s corn silage harvest is off to a late start, according to area harvesters. [...]

Beef market getting stung by corn hike

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CNJ file photo Gail Morris, general manager of Bovina Feeders, said the cost of feed has risen by $30 to $40 a ton, with corn nearly doubling. By CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson With the rising cost of corn and other grains, local cattle growers are struggling to stay afloat. U.S. beef producers now spend [...]