Peanut yields up

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune Brian Clark Jr. waits for a trailer to fill with peanuts Wednesday at Portales Select Peanut Company Inc. The machine separates dirt and debris from the nuts, which are then sent to be dried or, in this case, graded. Argen Duncan The peanut harvest this year has brought in higher-than-normal yields […]

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. […]

Farmers hope for more rain

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PNT photo: Argen Duncan A truck waits at the intersection of First and Main streets during Tuesday’s storm. Despite rainfall Tuesday night and over the weekend, farmers and ranchers still need more moisture. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Tuesday’s rain helped area farms and ranches, but didn’t solve the problem of the year’s dryness. […]

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, […]

Corn cropping up

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Jimenez Custom Harvest company harvests corn for silage in southern Curry County. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Fields of corn baked in the sun all summer, and late in the growing season, were pounded by rain. But local corn growers have reported good yields, despite less than desirable weather […]

Rains threaten harvest of bumper peanut crop

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Up until this week, it was all good news for peanut farmers, but they’re not out of the woods yet. Many peanut fields still need to be harvested and, until consecutive days of warm weather with no moisture come, the crop remains at risk. Still, farmers and mill operators say […]

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 […]