Corn silage harvest yields varying for farmers

Argen Duncan The harvest of corn for silage has gone smoothly in Roosevelt and Curry counties, and yields have varied around the area, according to farmers and harvesters. Most corn grown in the area is chopped for silage, which is used to feed cattle, said Kevin Breshears of SPRA-Green Custom Harvesting. Roosevelt County farmer Rick […]

Texico student elected to state 4-H position

A Texico High student was elected to the 2010-11 State 4-H Council Officer Team, chosen during the 87th Annual State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces in July. Wil Hodnett of Texico was elected treasurer. Hodnett competes in livestock judging, along with showing sheep, beef and dairy heifers. Hodnett, 17, also runs track and participates in […]

Hand-free device better on animals

Glenda Price My friend and I were strolling through the local farmers’ market one day, when she suddenly began talking. I tried to answer her, even though I really didn’t know what she was talking about. This went on a few minutes — her talking, then me talking — when she finally turned toward me […]

Roping event will benefit children’s home

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Argen Duncan A team roping event set for October aims to honor a Curry County farmer, benefit children and raise money for agriculture advocacy. The first-ever Charles Petty Memorial Team Roping Event is to raise money for the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, a lobby group for farmers and ranchers, and the New Mexico Baptist Children’s […]

Portales past: Aug. 13, 1945

Aug. 13, 1945: Due to a drastic feed shortage in the area, many farmers and dairy cattlemen were selling all or part of their herds, cutting milk production by 20 to 30 percent.

Let’s stop criticizing farmers

By Baxter Black: On the Edge of Common Sense Back before the collapse of the United Soviet Socialist Republic we had visitors from Romania tour our feedlot. We explained the program including cost of cattle, feed, maintenance, and cost of grain. “How much will they pay you for your cattle?” they asked. “We don’t know,” […]

Portales past: June 2, 1955

June 2, 1955: Area farmers formed groups to begin battling a grasshopper invasion. About 90,000 acres of croplands were in danger, officials said, with cost to poison the hoppers estimated at 20 cents per acre.

Farmers predicting good wheat harvest

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Area wheat farmers are expecting an above-average harvest this year, if they haven’t seen it already. Rick Ledbetter, who farms near Portales, said he and his neighbors have finished harvesting wheat to use the plant for silage and hay. Farmers growing wheat for grain expect to harvest in June. […]

Farmers’ Electric receives $28.1 million USDA loan

The Associated Press CLOVIS — Farmers’ Electric Cooperative of Clovis is receiving a $28.1 million loan to upgrade its electric delivery system for seven counties in eastern New Mexico and three in Texas. The cooperative will use the money to expand service to current customers and extend service to new customers. It also will replace […]

Roosevelt farmers, ranchers eligible for disaster aid

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt and Quay are among six New Mexico counties declared eligible for disaster assistance Thursday due to continuing drought. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced eligibility due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas. Farmers and ranchers in Dona Ana, Eddy, Lea, Otero, Quay, and Roosevelt counties are now […]