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 sense: Safflower: An oilseed for drier and warmer climates

Broad-leaf crops, which fit well into our cereal-based cropping systems, are needed to improve long-term sustainability of our agriculture in the High Plains. Depending on the crops selected, it can improve resource-use efficiency, break the pest and disease cycle and control weeds better. In addition, if the broad-leaf crop is better heat and drought adopted, […]

Child should follow parent’s steps to God

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I was looking through some old pictures and found a picture of then three year old Annie standing with my shoes on and an old purse slung over her shoulder. She went through a time where she tried to wear my shoes. Once she would get my shoes on, she […]

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 […]

Fish farm seminar offers organic education

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo AquaRanch president Myles Marston, left, explains to seminar attendees Wednesday the benefits of A.B.C.’s Plus, a nutritional supplement for horses. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The principal owner of AquaRanch Industries said there’s more to the fish farm coming to Clovis than just fish. Besides raising more than 300,000 […]

Garden full of home-grown goodness

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “How’s your garden?” This is a question I get from time to time from folks I know around town. We have a pretty good li’l’ ol’ garden, a verdant oasis on the High Plains. I’d like people to think that I planned it all, worked the soil with my bare […]

Corn cropping up

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Jimenez Custom Harvest company harvests corn for silage in southern Curry County. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Fields of corn baked in the sun all summer, and late in the growing season, were pounded by rain. But local corn growers have reported good yields, despite less than desirable weather […]

A local girl gets a Christmas surprise in 1896

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist This story was told to me by a friend who died many years ago. I’ll tell it through the eyes of the young girl who was from the caprock area between Clovis and Tucumcari. In 1896, a snowstorm hit us three days before Christmas, with drifts 2- to 3-feet deep […]