Peanut day set for Thursday

A new row spacing technique will be featured at a free peanut field day Sept. 1 in Clovis and Portales sponsored by New Mexico State University.

The half-day program begins with registration and tours at 8 a.m. at NMSU’s South Research Facility, located on County Road 4, five miles south of Clovis. At 11:30 a.m., the program shifts to the Eastern New Mexico University farm on the South Floyd Highway, adjacent to the La Casa de Buena Salud Health Care Center in Portales.

The field day program, which winds down at 12:30 p.m., will be followed by a luncheon.

Featured speaker Jimmie Shearer is president of Roosevelt County’s Sunland Inc. and a member of the National Peanut Standards Board. He’ll review the current peanut surplus problem for U.S. growers, focusing on its impact on New Mexico’s Valencia peanut crop.

Floyd McAlister, Roosevelt County agent with NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service, will provide an overview of peanut disease and fertilizer studies. Soumaila Sanogo, an NMSU plant pathologist, will cover biological control measures for seed treatment.

For information contact Naveen Puppala or Mark Marsalis in advance at 985-2292 or clovis@nmsu.edu or McAllister at 356-4417.