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 […]