Farmers’ market vendors hope more produce coming

Argen Duncan With the farmers market season under way, growers have less produce than usual but hope that will change. The Portales and Clovis farmers markets have been open since June. “We’re selling the little stuff,” said Margie Plummer, manager of both markets. “We don’t have a lot ready right now because of the weather.” […]

AgSense: New technologies emerging for sorghum weed control

Mark Marsalis: AgSense Year in and year out, the most significant problem sorghum growers face in our area, other than drought, is grass weed control in their fields. Until now there has not been any way to chemically control grassy weeds after they have emerged in the sorghum crop. While pre-emergence herbicides are available, activity […]

Our people: Enjoying the cowboy life

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LILIANA CASTILLO: Freedom New Mmexico Wesley Grau was born and raised in Grady on the Grau Ranch about a mile south of Grady that has been there since 1907. Wesley Grau of Grady was named the 2009 Cattleman of the Year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. Grau said the members of NMCGA vote […]

Business digest: Grady cattleman receives annual award

Grady cattleman receives annual award Wesley Grau of Grady was named 2009 Cattleman of the Year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association at its most recent joint stockmen’s convention. The award is given annually by the NMCGA to a member in recognition of that person’s contributions to the industry. The Grau family ranches and […]

Cattle growers celebrate Earth Day

Cattle growers celebrate Earth Day On Thursday, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with events that will be held all over the state and the world. There are people from 190 countries and one billion people taking this day to recognize the importance of all the magnificent wonders […]

Area home to several pecan growers

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Roosevelt and Curry County pecan grower Michael Eaton stands in his orchard on Roosevelt Road P. One of the area’s few pecan farmers, Eaton sells some of the nuts in his local shop and the rest to Las Cruces processors. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Peanuts may be important […]

Organizations provide trees for troops

Christmas trees are loaded onto a Fed-Ex truck for delivery on Nov. 10 to be shipped out to troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan from the Christmas Spirit Foundation. The organization is also planning to send trees to families at Cannon Air Force Base. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Christmas Spirit Foundation and Fed-Ex are […]

Ag Sense: Ag center uses remote sensing to monitor crops

By Naveen Puppala: New Mexico State University Dwindling of the Ogallalla aquifer is going to be a great concern to the area growers. Unpredictable rains and change in climate can make a difference in what to plant and when to irrigate. The wells, which used to pump 600 gallons of water per minute, are now […]

Growers: Peanut harvest slightly above average

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PNT Staff Photo: Clarence Plank Mark Brewer of Portales rakes peanuts into a grate, which are carried to a shifter that takes out rock, vines and leaves on Saturday at Sunland, Inc. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico With the harvest about halfway there, this year’s peanut crop is good to average, according to people […]

Application deadline approaching for wool growers’ scholarship

May 15 is the deadline for graduating high school seniors to apply for the New Mexico Wool Growers’ Inc. (NMWGI) annual scholarship, according to NMWGI President Joan Kincaid, Pinon. “Our association looks forward to the opportunity to help a student further his or her education every year, and we encourage all qualified students to apply, […]

Area peanut growers stand to profit

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File photo Last year the peanut yield from Roosevelt County was 25 percent lower then expected due to the weather, said Naveen Puppala, of New Mexico State University and a peanut breeder. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico

Recent rains benefit farmers’ market vendors

Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Local growers say the crops are looking good and they’re ready for the official opening of the Portales Farmers’ Market. The market will be open at a new time — 5 p.m. — Mondays and Thursdays through the end of October, said Margie Plummer, market manager. “We got a lot […]

Cotton harvest slim

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bernadino Quisadas of Farwell inspects the gin stamp Wednesday at Farwell Gin Co. Quisadas is removing any debris from the stamp, which can be a fire hazard. By Kevin Wilson Christmastime isn’t quite as white this year as it usually is for West Texas cotton ginners. The holiday season coincides […]

Business Feature: Processors pleased with peanuts

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maria Chaves of Portales is a picker at the Sunland peanut plant in Portales. Her team is the last line of defense in removing stems from the peanuts. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico It’s not always a golden harvest. But this year local peanut growers and processors say the […]

Business digest: Portales man takes first in corn contest

Kevin Breshears of Rheanie Farms in Portales captured first place in the A non-irrigated division of the 2006 National Corn Growers’ Association’s Corn Yield Contest in New Mexico, according to a Pioneer Hi-Bred International news release. He won with a yield of 65.31 bushels per acre. The annual competition honors the highest producing corn growers […]

Ag Sense: Organic peanut production flourishes

Naveen Puppala: Ag Sense Consumer preference has changed, and more and more people are buying organic products from the grocery stores. In the United States, only 2 percent of the food supply is grown using organic methods. The reward for organic production can be high for those who make the effort. Valencia peanut growers earn […]

4/25 Business digest

Wool growers offer scholarship 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America members graduating from New Mexico high schools this year are eligible for the annual $750 scholarship of the New Mexico Wool Growers, according to a news release from the group. May 15 is the application deadline. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors planning […]

3/21 Business digest

Clovis dentist graduates from dental program Clovis dentist Dr. Glen Hisel graduated from Orognathic Bioesthetics International in Salem, Ore., where he studied chewing and its relationship to temporomandibular joint disorders, according to news received from his office. Fewer than 200 dentists have completed the program, the news release said. Dr. Hisel has practiced in Clovis […]

Responsibility gains victory in cane field suit

Freedom Newspapers Most of us are familiar with the examples of the civil justice system gone awry — the woman who was awarded millions for spilling hot coffee on her lap; drunk drivers who sue because they get hurt when they crash their vehicles; and criminals who file suit when they get hurt committing their […]