Farmers hope rain will continue

Freedom Newspapers Southwest Cheese had just received its first delivery of milk. The Civic Center and the roundabout were still under construction. Big Lots was still a month away from opening at 21st and Prince. Clovis was a lot different the last time it saw this much rain. The National Weather Service reported 0.72 of […]

WILTING AWAY: Area dryland wheat in dire need of moisture

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Cattle graze in a field north of Clovis off State Highway 209 Friday morning. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Lack of significant moisture since mid-October has area wheat farmers desperately hoping for rain. One wheat farmer, Dale Miller, said if it doesn’t rain or snow in the next couple of […]

Dry weather leads to lean cattle

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Absent from the usual High Plains landscape is the fresh green of winter wheat. But with little expected relief from drought-like conditions, crisp, amber fields are just one harsh reality farmers and ranchers in the region must confront. As the major source of food for cattle withers, many have […]

Bug invasion

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico is being invaded. Not by the Beatles but by a flea-sized bug that feeds on wheat fields. Area pest controllers have been flooded with calls the past two weeks wondering what to do about the swarms of a relatively harmless pests called false chinch bugs. “I have […]

Little bugs causing big commotion

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Thousands of false chinch bugs cling to weeds Thursday at the edge of a wheat field on Curry Road D. The flea-sized pests favor mustard weeds, which grow in wheat fields. (CNJ staff phto: Sharna Johnson) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Curry County is being invaded. Not by the Beatles but by a flea-sized […]

Wheat harvest overflowing

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Jerome Provencio loads grain into a truck Monday at the Friona Wheat Growers Association’s Grady station. (CNJ Correspondent: Martha Richardson) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer The end of the wheat harvest is still two weeks away and one area elavator is already overflowing. Jimmy Schell, manager of the Friona Wheat Grower’s Grady station, said […]

State police: No fault in fatal crash

CNJ staff A New Mexico State Police investigation shows neither driver was at fault in a fatal June 19 head-on collision involving a Clovis fire truck and pickup, Patrolman Lance Bateman said on Sunday. Bateman said a narrow road, low visibility and an extreme weight difference between vehicles were all factors in the accident. LaRoy […]

Terry, Violet

Violet Terry Services:Have been held. Mrs. Violet Opal Terry, 99, of Dora, died Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at her home. She was born on Aug. 25, 1905, in Ellis County, Texas, to Laura and Harvey Johnson. She and her husband owned and operated Terry’s Grocery in Dallas from 1930 to 1945. They moved to eastern […]

5/8 Agriculture Digest

Wheat demonstration being held Friday Farmers in eastern New Mexico and West Texas can learn about wheat production and variety selection at the 2005 Wheat Field Day from 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday at the Agricultural Science Center. Officials will present topics on wheat variety trial results, an update on the current status of […]

Dryland wheat looks promising

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A fungus called rust reported in some Curry County wheat fields reduces crop yield and nutrient value, costing farmers money, state agronomist Mark Marsalis says. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Dryland wheat farmers in Curry County are cautiously optimistic about having one of their best years in a while. […]

Dairy farming program exposes kids to agriculture

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Floyd fourth-grader Aracel Mendoza listens to Roosevelt County 4-H Agent Patrick Kircher talk about corn and its uses Thursday during the Southwest Dairy Farmer’s annual Kid, Kows and More program. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer A group of fourth-grade students listened attentively Thursday as Kay Lindsey separated the […]

Wet 2004 makes big splash in savings

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A combine harvests wheat to the south and east of State Highway 209 and Curry Road 17 June 2004 as storm clouds build in the distance. (CNJ file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Mother Nature’s dousing of eastern New Mexico this year was a economic boon to the region, allowing farmers to cut […]

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 […]

Wheat farmers cash in on rain

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By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Wheat farmers in Curry County are feeling pretty good about their crops this year. Of course, had they been the recipient of one more timely rainfall, they would be feeling even better. Harvest on this season’s wheat crop began in earnest over the last week and dryland farmers, the majority […]

April rainfall one for record books

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Friday’s rainfall put 2004 into the record book as having one of the wettest Aprils in Clovis history. In fact, rainfall totals so far this year show Clovis previously has seen more moisture in the first four months only one year since records have been kept. “It looks […]

Moisture makes for gain on grain

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Heavy rains early this month have set wheat farmers up for a strong harvest this summer, though more rain would secure the possibility, a local agriculture agent said on Sunday. Curry County ag agent Stan Jones said many area farmers were preparing to cut their losses early this year. […]

Recent rainfall favors farms and ranches

By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer For months, when Clovis area farmers and ranchers smiled, it may have looked more like a grimace. But that has all changed in recent weeks. Over the past week, Clovis has received more than 2 inches of rainfall, prompting big grins and the forecast of big bucks for those […]

March becomes a month of wetness

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Rain drops form on a windshield as a car prepares to turn left on Prince Street from Seventh Street in the rain Friday. (Eric Kluth/Clovis News Journal) By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis is on track to have record rainfall reports for the first quarter of the year, according to National Weather Service officials in Albuquerque. […]

Farmers thrilled by rain

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local farmers say they’re overjoyed with some of the best rainfall totals they’ve seen in years. For one outlying community, it’s not just “a good year” — it’s a record. “This was the wettest February on record for Friona since 1931,” said Bill Ellis, a cotton and grain sorghum farmer. “The […]

Wheat, Ron

Ron Wheat Service: Have been held. Ron Wheat, 64, of Portales died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at his home. Born July 15, 1939, in Alva, Okla., to Freda and Blaine Wheat, he joined the National Guard, then the Army, and later the U.S. Marine Corps, for whom he was bulldogger on the rodeo team. Discharged […]