Peanut crop early, better than usual

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Up until this week it was all good news for peanut farmers, but they’re not out of the woods, yet. Many peanut fields still need to be harvested and until there are consecutive days of warm weather and no moisture, those fields remain at risk. But yields so far this [...]

Udall vows to continue conservation program

By Tonya Garner Congressman Tom Udall is concerned about the USDA’s plan to dramatically reduce participation in the Conservation Reserve Program. According to Udall, D-N.M., 1,664 farmers and ranchers in New Mexico are currently enrolled in the CRP program. This keeps 596,624 acres of environmentally sensitive land out of crop production. The bulk of this [...]

Local groups plan efforts to help hurricane victims

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The residents of Eastern New Mexico are responding to pleas for help from the south, in the wake of demolished neighborhoods in a horrified New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina hit states along the Gulf Coast earlier this week. Spearheading relief efforts are unlikely team-ups of professionals such as New Mexico [...]

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 [...]

Local plant celebrates growth

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Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor Portales citizens, state politicians and Washington lobbyists came together Tuesday afternoon under a large canopy to celebrate not only the expansion of the city’s Abengoa ethanol plant, but a recently passed energy bill that made such an expansion so relevant in the coming years. The expansion will doubled the plant’s [...]

Local farmers reap benefits of crops

By Tony Parra Brent Corbin has been farming wheat for 20 years. He said in most years his wheat fields yield about 12 bushels per acre. Bouyed by a wet winter, Corbin’s yields tripled this year to about 35 bushels per acre, he said. Corbin harvested 320 acres of wheat and has wheat fields south [...]

May 25 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Hot and dry this week so far and there are no snow storms in sight, only a raging snow melt which has cause the river flow up in the mountains. Sure hope there are showers soon on our dry land farmers’ fields and grass. Wheat in the area looks pretty good and [...]

Officials tout benefits of organic farming

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor In a small conference room at the Sunland Peanut plant in Portales on Friday, several area farmers viewed a variety of organic food items. They weren’t there to purchase them, but instead to learn how to make them and reap the rewards. Representatives from the New Mexico Organic Commodity [...]

Feb. 23 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The weather last week makes one wonder if spring is already here. According to the groundhog, there is still more winter ahead. Farmers are getting land ready for planting crops when the time comes and doing what they can between showers. The ground is really good for most farmers because of so [...]

Sunland Inc. celebrates opening of new building

By Tony Parra Sunland Inc. president Jimmie Shearer said it’s been a long time coming, but on Thursday he and other Sunland representatives unveiled a new peanut butter processing building. Sunland Inc. officials had an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. The Sunland Inc. plant was [...]