Farmers: Year’s first rain a start

By Sharna Johnson and Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Sunday night’s gusty thunderstorm brought the area’s first rain of the year, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, but area farmers said their crops still need more moisture. Showers accompanying the brief storm, which hit around 6 p.m., dumped

Fluctuating fertilizer prices hurt farmers, dealers

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Fueled by roller coaster oil prices, high fertilizer prices are hurting not only farmers but people selling the products. But oil price decreases this winter may offer some relief. Starting about last January, prices for fertilizer started climbing until they doubled last year, said Ted Hairgrove, manager of DeBruce […]

USDA: County farmers ahead in production

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County farmers are leading the state with dramatic increases in sorghum, peanut, wheat and corn production.

Tough times for dairy farmers

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Area dairy farmers, like their counterparts around the nation, are struggling financially due to the global economic downturn. Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy near Portales said milk prices are low and many dairies, including his, are locked into high-priced feed contracts set when predictions for milk prices were much […]

Dry season could leave farmers’ wallets lighter

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A dry winter, on top of a dry year, is leaving some area farmers worried and some just waiting to see what happens. Elida dryland farmer Greg Burris estimated that his crops have received much less than half of what is considered normal precipitation this winter. In the fall, […]

Farmers, dairymen see slight negative impacts in plant closure

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The temporary closure of Abengoa Bioenergy in Portales has resulted in small but unfavorable changes for the Roosevelt County agriculture sector. The ethanol plant shut down operations for an unspecified period of time, possibly months, in October. Abengoa used milo, which many county farmers grow, to make ethanol. Some […]

Weather contributed to poor milo crop

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 […]

Oct. 29, 1941

Glen Rutliff, a sophomore at State College from Floyd, was awarded the American Farmers Degree at the National Future Farmers of America convention in Kansas city. He was the second Roosevelt County citizen to have ever received the award at the time.

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 Market: Freshest produce in town

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer This year’s Portales Farmers Market is going well, farmers say, in spite of a few challenges. Market manager Margie Plummer, who grows near Portales, said the season is going well. “We have lots of vendors and lots of customers,” she said. Crops have done well for the farmers who […]

Sept. 21, 1933

Coyotes had become a problem to area farmers, and an editorial in the Portales News-Tribune suggested poisoning them. “A systematic poisoning of these pests would save the poultrymen and livestock interests many thousands of dollars,” it read.

Researchers study canola as viable crop

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. […]

Events Calendar Sept. 9

Thursday Portales Farmers Market — 5 p.m., First Street and Avenue B United Way of Eastern New Mexico Block Party — 5 to 7 p.m. United Way, 215 Main, Clovis. Friday United Way Campaign Kick-off — 7:30-9 a.m. on the square. Free doughnuts, canned food drive. Sunday Diez y Seis de Septiembre (Dia de Familia) […]

Farmers have field day

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer New Mexico State University Science Center’s held its annual field day on Thursday — a short of show and tell for the center. The more than 100 farmers and residents from Curry and Roosevelt Counties that attended were taken on a tour of the center’s field projects. “I don’t […]

Events Calendar July 31, 2008

TodayPortales Farmers Market — 5 p.m., First and Avenue B FridayOld Lincoln Days — 8:30 p.m., downtown Lincoln. Information: 354-3067.First Friday — 5-8 p.m., The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. Information: 784-2853.State 42 Warm-Up Tournament — 5 p.m. Sign in, 7 p.m. play begins. Texico Community Center, 215 N. Griffin. Fees or information: 218-2321.

Rain brings relief for farmers

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Recent rainfall has interrupted stretches of high temperatures and brought some relief to area farmers. The average high temperature in Roosevelt County has been relatively cooler the past few days, said Earl Breon, meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. From June 10 through June 20, temperatures […]

Events Calendar July 10

Today Portales Farmers Market — 5 p.m. Corner of West First Street and Avenue B. Friday Star Party/presentation — 7:30 p.m. Oasis State Park, Group Shelter. Information: 356-5331. Monday High Plains Junior Rodeo finals — 6 p.m., Curry County Fairgrounds. Information: 763-3435 or 356-8541. Portales Farmers Market — 5 p.m. Corner of West First Street […]

Farmers market opens season

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Tomatoes weren’t available but squash, onions and various herbs were plentiful. Vendors at the first Portales Farmers Market of the season said they had a good day Monday despite the hardships of a late freeze followed by hot windy conditions in June. “I think it’s been really good today […]

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 […]

Farmers market starts in Clovis

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By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico For Kelly Boney and Tyra Davis of San Jon, selling ground beef, lamb and goat aside homemade lip balm and soap at Clovis’ Farmer’s Market is more than an odd combination. It’s a necessity. The two ranchers from San Jon have teamed up to sell mesquite logs and chips […]