Weekly updates —

NMSU hosting field day in Clovis

New Mexico State University is hosting its annual Clovis Field Day Thursday, focusing on alternative crop management of existing and less-utilized crops.

The program, which will be held at the Agricultural Science Center in Clovis, has been structured to address extended dry conditions and diminishing irrigation sources.

“This year’s event will focus on some of the projects at the science center that address the most pressing issue we are facing with regional agricultural today – water shortages,” said Mark Marsalis, Extension agronomist at the Clovis science center.

“We’ve known for a while that irrigation water was becoming more and more limited, but this year’s drought has shown us just how dire the situation is. Some producers have already abandoned planted acres because water quantity just isn’t enough to keep up with crop demand.”

Management of alfalfa with limited water sources will be discussed by Leonard Lauriault, NMSU forage agronomist, of Tucumari.

Other topics to be discussed are dryland corn, herbicide tolerant sorghum, late-planted forage crops, sorghum and legume intercropping systems and short-season crops.

Additional topics of discussion will be the state of the area’s dairy industry and management of Valencia peanuts.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. With tours beginning at 9:15 a.m. with speakers scheduled through lunch.

Information: 769-2292, or, marsalis@nmsu.edu.

A map to the science center is available at http://clovissc.nmsu.edu

— Sharna Johnson

Regional housing office closed

The Region IV housing office in Clovis, located at 600 Mitchell Street in Clovis, was closed Friday.

Chris Herbert, Executive Director of Eastern Regional Housing Authority in Roswell, said the Roswell office took over supervision of the Mitchell Street office in 2009 when the state was consolidated from seven regions into three.

“The regions were consolidated in 2009,” Herbert said. “It’s just east, west and a northern region. We inherited that as part of the process. With the federal cuts, we don’t have the money to keep multiple offices open at the same time.”

The Clovis Housing Authority office on 2101 W. Grand Ave. remains open.

The Mitchell Street office had two employees, who were notified of the closure and laid off Friday, Herbert said.

— Kevin Wilson