AgSense: La Ni

Dry and windy conditions of the winter of 2010 and spring of 2011 decimated the dryland wheat crop and severely impacted the quality and quantity of irrigated wheat due to heavy evaporation of irrigation water and stronger than normal late winter freezes. Hot weather throughout the spring and summer and the lack of help from [...]

Wheat farmers bracing for dry winter

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Frank Blackburn of Clovis shows the effects of dry weather — a sparse winter wheat field. Alisa Boswell Two months into the winter growing season, farmers in Curry and Roosevelt County are asking one question: Where’s the rain? With 60 to 70-degree days and less than normal precipitation, the two [...]

Cancer claims former Clovis resident

A 24-year-old former Clovis resident battling cancer died Friday night in Pullman, Wash., according to family members. Virginia Lee, recently recognized for her research in strengthening wheat crops and awarded an honorary Ph.D. from Washington State University, was featured in a Dec. 24 Clovis News Journal story. Lee was a Clovis native and 2004 Clovis [...]

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 [...]

Wheat farmers see high yields

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Area wheat farmers are expecting an above-average harvest this year, if they haven’t seen it already. Rick Ledbetter, who farms near Portales, said he and his neighbors have finished harvesting wheat to use the plant for silage and hay. Farmers growing wheat for grain expect to harvest in June. [...]

Ag Sense: Staying optimistic on wheat

By Mark Marsalis It doesn’t take very long while driving down the road to notice that things this spring are looking especially green and healthy. For wheat farmers this year, particularly dryland farmers, hopes are high for a good crop yield come harvest time. In fact, the anticipation has been building over the winter with [...]

Wheat variety selection important

By Rex Kirksey: NMSU More than with any other crop, it seems that producers of wheat save their own seed from year to year, rather than purchase seed for planting. That practice may not always be a sound business decision. As producers look for opportunities to reduce input costs, saving money on purchased seed may [...]

Wheat in need of moisture

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo With almost negligible moisture since October area wheat farmers are concerned about their wheat crops. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer argen_duncan@link.freedom.com No rain and a lots of bugs have wheat farmers across the region wondering if they will have a crop this year. [...]

Recent moisture too late for wheat harvest

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Extension Agent Stan Jones his year’s harvests would be a complete opposite of last year when dryland wheat crops received enough moisture to produce 1.5 million bushels of winter wheat compared to the 453,300 bushels a year before. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Most area farmers will [...]

NMSU plans field day

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With wheat prices near $9 per bushel, interest in growing wheat for grain harvest is greater now than it has been in many years New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis has scheduled the 2008 Wheat Field Day on May 28. Special to the CNJ Farmers in eastern New Mexico and West Texas [...]