Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing.Crop reports due Farmers must report their crop acreage, except for small grains, by July 15 to continue to be eligible for U.S. Farm Service Agency programs. Farmers must report acreage for all crops, including those planted on non-cropland such as hayed or grazed pasture. [...]
By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Peanuts may be important to Roosevelt County, but they aren’t the only nuts in the jar. Pecans aren’t a major crop in the county, but the area is home to several orchards. Local pecan grower Michael Eaton tends an orchard on Roosevelt Road P, along with his family’s second [...]
A rain that brought a third of an inch of moisture to Portales and more in other parts of the county did not come in time to save the area wheat and rangeland from damages from the dry winter and spring filled with devastating wind storms. The News-Tribune reported that Elida was the only area [...]
By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Unfavorable weather has left Roosevelt County farmers with a poor milo harvest this year. “It’s just one of those years,” said dryland farmer Grady Jenkins of Portales Jenkins estimated this harvest from his 640 acres of milo, also called grain sorghum, was a third to a half of the [...]
The local turkey market opened, selling turkeys at 9 cents for “No. 1″ and 7 cents for “No. 2.” The low prices were due to the oversupply of turkeys from the large crop that year.
The Portales Daily News attempted to calm sweet potato farmers’ fears, assuring them that the previous night’s freeze, the first of the season, was not harsh enough to cause major damage to the crop, stating that two-thirds of that year’s yield would already be in storage by nightfall.
Portales Valley Sweet Potato Growers met to set a time for the opening of the curing houses, as the fair weather was guaranteeing a good crop that season.
By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Researchers at the New Mexico State University Science Center in Clovis said canola would be a viable crop in High Plains because it can be used for biodiesel production and as dairy feed. Science center assistant professor Sangu Angadi advocates the use of canola over corn in biofuel production. [...]
By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Portales farmer Rick Ledbetter said labor issues and crop prices have affected just how much chili he grows. Ledbetter, who has been growing chili for seven years, said he has six people helping with this year’s harvest of green chili, which he sells at the Farmers’ Markets in Clovis [...]
Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico Several obstacles have to be overcome, according to experts, but alternative fuels production could be a viable economic development option for Roosevelt and Curry counties. Alternative fuels production was the topic of a seminar by New Mexico State extension agents Wednesday at the 16th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. There [...]