Herd receives harvest treatment

Denny got a call from the farmer’s widow. She had 13 head of big steers that had been hibernating in her woods since the funeral a year ago. Denny operated a hauling service in the neck of West Virginia. They did rip rap, lumber, heavy equipment and other inanimate objects. Denny agreed to help the […]

Local groups host Halloween, fall harvest events

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Alisa Boswell ‘Tis the season for candy, costumes, and fun. Several Halloween, Harvest and fall events are happening in the Clovis/Portales area this week to celebrate the holidays. Pre-schoolers dressed in their costumes Thursday morning for story time at Clovis-Carver Library. Crissie Carter, a library staff member, read the children stories with Halloween and fall […]

Fall Harvest Festival day for family fun

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte John Vuong, 8, crosses the pumpkin obstacle course finish line at the skate park at Doc Stewart park. Vuong had the winning time. Cannon Connections staff During the winter months, the Cannon Community Center doesn’t have much in terms of family activities, according to center manager Paul Hopkins. The center […]

Peanut harvest up, early

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Argen Duncan The peanut harvest this year has brought in higher-than-normal yields and good-quality nuts, farmers and processors are saying. The recent lack of rain has also put the harvest on track to finish early. Roosevelt County farmer Craig Breshears estimated he was harvesting 10 percent to 15 percent more peanuts this year. He said […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Growers: Peanut harvest slightly above average

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With the harvest about halfway there, this year’s peanut crop is good to average, according to people in the know. The harvest began in September and most peanuts are expected to be in before Thanksgiving. “I’ve seen worse, I’ve seen better,” Leonard Stanton, plant manager for Portales Select Peanut […]

Late harvest still possible

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer With the middle of the growing season here, plants need plenty of water, and there’s still time to plant vegetables for a late harvest, according to local garden experts. “At this juncture, the thing to stay on top of is the water,” said Patrick Kircher, Roosevelt County extension agent. […]

Poor cotton harvest doesn’t deter couple

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Roosevelt County’s cotton scene has nearly disappeared, and this season’s crop fell below usual amounts, according to two farmers. Mary and Houston Lee, who live near Floyd, said their fields yielded about a bale and a half of cotton instead of the normal two or three bales. A bale is normally 485 pounds. The Lees […]

Weather good for peanut harvest

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer This summer’s weather has had an effect on the peanut crop, area farmers and processors say, but the warm, dry weather now is perfect for harvesting the crop. Hot winds and lack of rain early in the season and then rain when the crop was mature, as opposed to […]

Oct. 15, 1941

A day of rain put a standstill to the sweet potato harvest after only 16,000 crates were

Corn harvest coming late

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer This year’s corn harvest for silage is off to a late start, according to area harvesters. Wayne Hardin of Hardin Custom Harvesting said the harvest usually starts Aug. 15, but this year it didn’t start until Aug. 25. “Everything’s late,” he said. Kevin Breshears said he was idle the […]

Churches join forces for holiday

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Wishing to share with the community a time of fellowship has prompted the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ and the Southside Church of Christ to host a community-wide Harvest Celebration Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday. “We wanted to do something that would show the community the abundance of God’s […]

Area Halloween activities

Portales: Saturday Fall Carnival — 1-3 p.m., Church of Christ, 1701 East 3rd St., Portales. Information: 356-6150. Kappa Kappa Psi Haunted House — 8:30 p.m., ENMU Music Building. Sunday Halloween Party and Cookout — 2 p.m., Ned Houk Park. Sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, Portales. Hayride Fall Festival — 4-8 p.m., Emmanuel Baptist Church, 524 […]

Peanut crop pleases local farmers

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s not always a golden harvest. But this year local peanut growers and processors say the weather has been perfect and the nuggets they’re bringing in are bright of hull and sweet tasting. “It’s going great,” Sunland CEO and President Jimmie Shearer said. “Weather-wise this is probably the best […]

October 14, 1958

• Damp weather diverted harvest crews from the cotton fields to peanut stacking. A critical shortage of harvest labor continued according to Robert Dunn, supervisor for the New Mexico Employment office in Portales. • The Portales Drug bowling team scored it’s second win in the commercial league. The team is the only team to be undefeated […]

Farmers pleased with wheat harvest

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Amber waves of grain and considerably higher wheat prices and yields have many in the county rejoicing over the 2007 wheat harvest. “Everything I’ve heard this year has been really good,” said Patrick Kircher, Roosevelt County Agriculture Extension Agent. “It’s going real good. We’re harvesting above average crops,” said […]

Preparation pays off

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With bumper wheat harvest winding down for farmers in the area, I’m thankful for the success of the crop and the price it will command but glad I’m not making my living directly off the amber waves of grain. For years, my family depended on wheat harvest as a […]

Peanut harvest looks solid

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Recent sightings of peanut trailers coming in from the fields to be off-loaded at the local peanut mills means it’s harvest time again. Jimmie Shearer of Sunland, Inc. said the majority of the peanuts being harvested at this time are from the Texas area, although a few are starting […]