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, […]

Ant colonies: Therapy for working man

By Grant McGee: local columnist Have you heard about that movie called “The Ant Bully?” It’s that age-old story of a little boy destroying an ant hill. The kid ends up being shrunk and having to help the ants rebuild their home. I think most of us have obliterated an ant hill with water, fire […]

Making the grade

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CNJ Photo: Eric Kluth Mike Ware, of Bovina, strips cotton in a field owned by Gade D. Anderson Jr. Friday one mile west of Lariat. The field Ware was stripping was damaged by hail. Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Twenty years ago, the cotton that sprouted in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico could […]

Community garden offers therapy for mentally ill

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Diane Watts, a nurse for Mental Health Resources INC, views the productive garden that has been cultivated by patients. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The garden is called many names — “community garden,” “therapeutic garden” and “living garden” — and it serves as many purposes as it has names. The […]

Community support sought for Farwell garden

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Jeanette Carey wears her “grandma hat” as she weeds the community garden by Mill and Elevator Supply on Avenue A in Farwell. (Staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer FARWELL — There’s only one thing wrong with the community garden his parents started, according to Stephen Carey. It’s lacking the community part […]

Weekend rain soaks city, more expected

By Ben Kessler The recent dousing of Clovis may well have been a blessing for local gardeners, said Lowe’s hardware store employee Elmo Garcia. The zone manager for the store said the inclement weather is beneficial to plants and flowers. “I wish it (the rain) would go on all summer,” he said adding that gardeners […]