Portales past: Jan. 9, 1962

Jan. 9, 1962: Portales Daily News: Kenneth Musick, who farmed 480 acres at Dora, paid $40 an acre for 640 acres, outbidding the former lessee, O.A. Preuit, a Levelland, Texas, grain corporation and two other Roosevelt County farmers.

Area farmers: More dryland corn grown for grain

Argen Duncan Roosevelt and Curry county farmers grew more dryland corn for grain this year and they expect the trend to continue. Also, corn silage, the biggest use of locally grown corn, had varied yields this year. Silage goes to feed dairy cattle, while grain corn may be used for ethanol production, livestock feed or […]

Farmers: Wheat harvest ample

Argen Duncan The grain harvest of wheat this year is the best in years due to more precipitation than usual, members of the agriculture industry are saying. At Portales grain elevator J.D. Heiskell and Company, Plant Manager Eldon Merrick said 90 to 95 percent of the wheat grown for grain in his area had been […]

Jan. 15, 1967

According to the Portales News-Tribune, a dust explosion cracked through the basement and tunnels beneath the Worley Elevator grain bins Saturday, wrecking grain handling machinery in 120-foot high concrete structure.

Investment firms’ agriculture venture a welcome move

Editorial The New York Times reports that in light of the world food crisis, large private investment funds around the world are going beyond placing bets on agricultural commodities like corn, wheat, soybeans and the like. Several are buying farmland, fertilizer, grain elevators, barges and ships. They figure that although the current run-up in food […]

Railroad cars derail at elevators

Freedom New Mexico Five railroad cars carrying grain derailed sometime Sunday morning at Peavey Grain elevators on U.S. 60/84 just west of Clovis. BNSF Railway Director of Public Affairs Joe Faust said there were no injuries and the derailment caused a minimal delay in operations. The grain was headed to the elevators when the derailment […]

Fire department performs grain elevator rescue

PNT Staff Report Portales Fire Department personnel performed an aerial rescue Monday at the J.D. Heiskell grain elevator. One person was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said the accident did not result in a fatal injury. Hill said privacy laws prohibited him from releasing the name, age or […]

Farmers pleased with sorghum crop

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Grain sorghum farmers are reporting an above average year with yields double and even triple the average, according to area producers and officials. “It is probably one of the better crops we’ve had in the past five years,” said Toby Bostwick, Curry County farmer and president-elect for the National […]

October 26, 1970

• Five juveniles were arrested for the theft of a bank bag taken from a parked car. The bag contained a deposit of $1,708.14 in checks and $205.27 in cash. All of the checks were recovered and $80 of the cash was recovered after the arrest. • Former Clovis residents Bill and Betty Smith purchased […]

Farm bill gets Friday focus

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., stepped outside her district Friday to gain some perspective on agriculture across the state in preparation for upcoming debate over a new Farm Bill in Congress. Wilson said she had relied on the late Rep. Joe Skeen for that perspective in the past, but […]