Business Digest: Ag center giving root system demo

CNJ staff The New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis is planning a crop root demonstration Wednesday. “Most folks are familiar with the above-ground portion of plants,” extension agronomist Mark Marsalis said in a release, “but have little knowledge of what is happening below ground.” The demonstration of root systems is scheduled for […]

Science center holding field day

CNJ staff The annual field day for New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis Aug. 7 will highlight crop research and dairy production relating to New Mexico, according to an NMSU news release. The program will include a rolling tour of crop research projects being conducted at the center, followed by breakout sessions […]

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 […]

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 […]

Research center field of greens

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Paul Gutierrez, the associate dean and associate director of the New Mexico State Cooperative Extension Service, outlines his vision for the school’s dairy program Wednesday during a field day at the school’s research center north of Clovis. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Around a bend on a narrow road, pockets of sorghum, canola, sunflowers, […]

Larvae threatens wheat crop

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Thanks to a soggy summer and unseasonably cool fall temperatures, the area wheat harvest is being threaten by a pre-beetle grub that feasts on the plant’s roots. The cool weather for the last month and above average rainfall in eastern New Mexico created prime soil conditions for wheat diseases […]