Five arrested in grain theft

CNJ staff The theft of $70,000 in grain has led to the arrest of five men. Investigators believe Thomas Sotelo, 23, a Peavy Grain employee, gave 20 truckloads of grain to four independent truck drivers for sale to outside parties and then split the proceeds with them, according to a press release from the Curry […]

Press release: Men arrested for grain theft

On Tuesday, March 8th, Curry County Sheriff’s investigators concluded an investigation into multiple thefts of livestock feed from Peavy Grain, in the Clovis area. As a result of this investigation, the following individuals have been arrested and charged in connection to the thefts.

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 […]

Ag industry members: Wheat harvest best in years

Argen Duncan The grain harvest of wheat this year is the best in years due to more precipitation than usual, members of the agriculture industry are saying. At Portales grain elevator J.D. Heiskell and Company, Plant Manager Eldon Merrick said 90 to 95 percent of the wheat grown for grain in his area had been […]

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 […]

Food market investments helpful, risky

Freedom New Mexico The New York Times reports that in light of the world food crisis, large private investment funds around the world are going beyond placing bets on agricultural commodities like corn, wheat, soybeans and the like. Several are buying farmland, fertilizer, grain elevators, barges and ships. They figure that although the current run-up […]

3-4-08 Business digest

Diversified crops subject of Ag program Grain sorghum and diversified crops are the subject of a Texas AgriLife Extension Service program Friday in Muleshoe. The program will be held from 9 a.m.-noon (CST) at the Bailey County Coliseum, 118 West Ave. C in Muleshoe Grain sorghum, sunflower and other crops will be discussed. The program […]

Local Roundup: Five railroad cars derail at elevators

CNJ staff Five railroad cars carrying grain derailed sometime Sunday morning at Peavey Grain elevators on U.S. 60/84 just west of Clovis. BNSF Railway Director of Public Affairs Joe Faust said there were no injuries and the derailment caused a minimal delay in operations. The grain was headed to the elevators when the derailment occurred, […]

Person rescued from Portales grain elevator

By Freedom New Mexico Portales Fire Department personnel performed an aerial rescue Monday at the J.D. Heiskell grain elevator in Portales. One person was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said the accident did not result in a fatal injury. Hill said privacy laws prohibited him from releasing the […]

Officials:Sorghum harvests plentiful

By Casey Peacock: Freedom New Mexico Grain sorghum farmers are reporting an above average year with yields double and even triple the average, according to area producers and officials. “It is probably one of the better crops we’ve had in the past five years,” said Toby Bostwick, Curry County farmer and president-elect for the National […]

Sorghum meeting set for Friday

CNJ staff The Texas Cooperative Extension is sponsoring a grain sorghum turnrow meeting at 9 a.m. (CDT) Friday at the Chris Bass farm 5 miles north of Muleshoe on Highway 214, east 1.5 miles on County Road 1008, then north into the field. A replicated large plot grain sorghum hybrid trial, which evaluates grain sorghum […]

Height not best measure of harvest

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The height of a wheat plant isn’t what most farmers look at for a good crop, experts said. Good wheat plants don’t have to be tall, said New Mexico State University crop physiologist Sangu Angadi. “When the plant grows, we want more grain not just the plant growing tall […]

Farm bill gets Friday focus

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., said she learned more in a Friday roundtable on the farm bill reauthorization at Eastern New Mexico University than she ever could have learned in Washington, D.C. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., stepped outside her district Friday to gain some […]

Oct. 6, 2006 Local Briefs

Six Clovis police officers promoted Six officers were promoted to new positions in the Clovis Police Department, according to a department press release. Stephen Borders and Tim Marshall will fill two newly created school resource officer positions and will take on the rank of master police officers, the release said. Roland Kroeger has been promoted […]

Governor says ethanol plant coming to Clovis

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer An ethanol plant that will more than triple New Mexico’s ethanol output plans to operate in Clovis, according to a press release from Gov. Bill Richardson. More than 100 million gallons of ethanol derived from corn will be produced annually at the plant, the release said. The plant […]

AgSense: Planting plans should begin before harvest

By Rex Kirksey: Guest columnist As the wheat harvest approaches, we all hope the threat of hail holds off for at least a few more weeks. But, even before this year’s wheat crop is out of the field, planting plans for next fall should be well under way. Proper variety selection is one management tool […]

Lariat death being investigated

CNJ staff The work-related death of a grain inspector Friday in Lariat is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a company official said. Johnny Torres, 38, of Farwell was killed when he slipped and fell under a train, according to Bill Prince, owner of Farwell Grain and Inspection. Torres worked for the […]

Business Digest 3/2

Legislative review planned this month Area residents will have an opportunity to hear the results of the 2004 Legislative session up close when the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2004 Roundhouse Review on March 12. The chamber’s monthly membership breakfast will be co-hosted by The Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico. […]

OSHA probes silo death

By Darrell Todd Maurina The general manager of AGP Grain Marketing’s elevator operations in Texas said the man who died Thursday in a Farwell grain elevator perished in wheat only 8 to 12 feet deep. Ben Brandvik said much of his time over the last few days has been spent trying to make sure employees […]

Muleshoe man found dead at bottom of grain silo

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Muleshoe man died Thursday morning at a Farwell grain elevator owned by AGP Grain Marketing, according to Farwell police. Samuel Alvarado appears to have fallen into a grain silo and died as a result of suffocation, said Farwell Police Chief Robert Achterberg. “We received a 911 call approximately 10:35 a.m. […]