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. […]