Portales past: Nov. 11, 1948

Nov. 11, 1948: The Portales Daily News: News from Lingo: This community had a killing freeze Friday night that finished killing all the green crops. The farmers were busy harvesting the rest of their crops.

Most crops escape major hail damage

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Argen Duncan Crops are growing well in much of Roosevelt and Curry counties, although hail and excessive rain have caused problems in several places. Tom Dannelley of Eastern Plains Insurance Corp. said he’d received about 10 claims for hail damage to crops in Roosevelt County, which is about normal. “There have been some scattered around, […]

Luddites obstruct our food choices

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The anti-progress Luddites have taken some serious blows in the last six months. A British study shows that animals and crops raised under strict organic parameters, have no nutritional or health benefits over animals and crops grown with FDA/USDA approved insecticides, pesticides, parasitacides, antibiotics, chemical disinfectants and growth stimulants. Then, […]

Oct. 24, 1960

According to the Portales News-Tribune, a few days of sun and clear skies had put a brighter outlook on everything, according to most farmers and produce buyers in the area. The harvest had resumed and was beginning to pick up speed, and there was hope that most all crops except grain and cotton would be […]

Scientists researching crops for biofuel

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The High Plains agriculture scene could get in on the action in biofuel production, and its profits, if two researchers have their way. The two scientists at New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis are looking into what biofuel-producing crops could most benefit eastern New Mexico and […]

Feral hog population threatens agriculture industry

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The feral hog is rapidly becoming the new coyote, or pest, for farmers across eastern New Mexico, a state agriculutural official said Thursday at the 41st annual Agricultural and Home Economics Seminar in Tucumcari. State officials outlined the problem as well as a creative program still being developed to […]

Harvests hampered by recent rains

By Gabriel Monte and Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Farmers in the process of harvesting their crops in the eastern New Mexico and West Texas region are playing the waiting game with the weather. Muddy farm land from rain showers over the weekend have kept farmers from harvesting their crops, according to Curry County ag-extension […]

Farmers ready for this year’s market season

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Local growers say the crops are looking good and they’re ready for the official opening of the Portales Farmers Market. The market will be open at a new time — 5 p.m. — Mondays and Thursdays now through the end of October, said Margie Plummer, market manager. “We got […]

Weather tough on seedlings, crops

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor High winds and hot temperatures have tested the skills of gardeners and farmers and tried the patience of everyone this spring. “We’ve certainly seen our share of warm and windy weather,” said Todd Shoemake, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “We’re getting a little sick of it […]

Pumpkin crop pops up

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Lining fences and decorating yards, pumpkins provide a splash of vivid color to the landscape and are a sure sign that fall has arrived. Pumpkin harvest is in full swing for Davis Farms near Clovis, where pumpkins have grown for the last 18 years. Jacqueline Davis said they ship […]

Field day shows off crops

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Around a bend on a narrow road, pockets of sorghum, canola, sunflowers, cow peas and corn sprout from the rutted brown soil. The crops are the research of about a dozen New Mexico State University researchers and staff. At the Agricultural Science Center north of Clovis, the group uses […]

Moisture coming at right time for parched crops

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer The flash increase of rain in recent weeks has farmers in the region pleased, but it still isn’t enough to compensate for the drought plaguing the normally arid climate, according to agriculture officials. “It has been an extremely difficult year,” said Jimmy Shearer, the manager of Sunland Peanuts Inc. […]

NMSU research facility field tests seeds for farmers

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The 164 acres feature alfalfa and wheat and other ordinary crops, including sunflowers that grow to an average person’s eye level. For some, the land represents a career; for others, a classroom. Many area farmers would say it’s an insurance policy they can’t afford to be without. The land, 15 […]

Dec. 22 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The south county has hundreds of acres of irrigated crops each year and are grateful for the underground water. When we have a year with good fresh rain on crops and pastures it helps out tremendously. It also makes the expense of farming cheaper. The crops are beter than usual this year […]

May 12 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael There have been showers all over the area, from Portales to Lea County and on south. To the north of Portales has probably been heavier with rainfall from the looks of all the TV reports. No matter where it comes down every drop is needed and appreciated on crops and pastures alike. […]

E-Farming catching on

By Mike Linn While many use the Internet as an electronic maze of MP3 piracy and chat room gossip, some are using the new technology to save money harvesting crops and peddling produce — trades that date back to the beginning of man. Just ask local farmer Sheri Jorde, who said she has saved thousands […]

Weather bittersweet for Portales farmers

By Mike Linn A surge of timely rain in Roosevelt County and some unwelcomed hail near the Texas state line over the weekend has brought both joy and unrest to local farmers. While the rain over the weekend was a welcome commodity to the west side of the sun-baked county, hail on the east side […]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, Clovis and Portales — and many other eastern New Mexico communities — could be ghost towns […]

Dryland farming may not be a viable option

By Tony Farkas Since the High Plains’ economy is based on agriculture, and since water for crops and livestock may soon be in short supply, one solution seems obvious: Farmers should stop irrigating and raise dryland crops. But that won’t work, most agricultural experts agree. “I don’t see that happening, not in my lifetime,” said […]