County farmers proposing wind farm

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MCT photo A group of Curry County farmers have formed a company in hopes of attracting investors for a proposed wind farm. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hoyt Pattison has been raising wheat, milo and pastured grass on his land in Curry County for more than a half century. Now he and more than […]

All not adept at shooting hoops

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist The Lady of the House and I were in the feed store picking up some wheat straw for this year’s garden. We couldn’t miss the lively, energetic conversation between a customer and one of the feed store dudes about the recent college basketball playoffs.

Dryland wheat acres down

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ Staff Writer The weekend’s rain brought some relief for a thirsty dryland wheat crop, but not enough to make a difference, officials said. The precipitation Saturday brought the year’s total to .24 inches, which is about half of the historical average of .49 inches for the first six weeks of the […]

Business Year in Review: Industries flocked to Clovis in 2007

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer To economic developers 2007 brought the promise of new industries coming to Clovis. To farmers, the year brought in a combination of a great crop and great prices. On the other hand, the same year saw a flat housing market. But things are looking up for next year, according […]

Aug. 15, 1943

Farmers were reported to be happy when they received word that 600 wheat parity checks totaling $80,503.25 had been issued. … J.C. Penney was advertising back-to-school specials. … And Bonnie Cross, an administrative assistant, was born in Clovis.

July 15, 1926

The Clovis-News advised that people driving their cars purely for pleasure should avoid Commerce Way so that wheat haulers can rush the crop to market. … Clovis was selected as the next meeting place for the State Federations of Labor. … A Dr. Chapman offered to help “save your teeth” at his office located over […]

Expert: Wheat farmers report abundant yield

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Lennis Dunn empties grain out of his combine. He said the grain will be sold to AGP Grain Marketing, a buyer they have dealt with for years. “We’re kind of a loyal bunch,” he said. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hoyt Pattison, 77, disappeared with some tools inside his […]

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 […]

Wheat yield looking up

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Area wheat farmers are looking at a rare combination: Above-average yields and a robust market. Monti Vandiver, integrated pest management extension agent for Parmer and Bailey counties, said early indications are of yields as much as double to that of last year. In Curry County, above-average yields are expected, […]

AgSense: Planting plans should begin before harvest

By Rex Kirksey: Guest columnist As the wheat harvest approaches, we all hope the threat of hail holds off for at least a few more weeks. But, even before this year’s wheat crop is out of the field, planting plans for next fall should be well under way. Proper variety selection is one management tool […]