Spring rains too little, too late for dryland wheat

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico l Spring rainfall too little, too lateMost area farmers will be unable to take advantage of this year’s record wheat prices as their dryland crops withered away this winter and spring from lack of moisture. Most dryland farmers had to abandon their dryland wheat crop and collected crop insurance […]

2-10-08 Menus

Community Services Center 1100 Community Way, Portales Lunch served 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, Monday through Friday Monday: Ham, yams, broccoli, wheat dinner roll, apple. Tuesday: Hamburger steak, brown gravy with mushrooms, mashed potatoes, green beans with onion, wheat roll and margarine, pineapple chunks. Wednesday: Chicken enchiladas, pinto beans, peas/carrots, fry bread, orange. Thursday: Navajo […]

Storm skips around county

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales received a drenching afternoon rain that left streets running full Thursday while farmers in the outlying communities reported little or no rain. The measurement at the National Weather Service reporting station at KENW-TV showed .60 inches at 5:30 p.m. Other reports in Portales ranged up to .75 inches […]

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 […]

Wheat variety tests improving yields

By Rex Kirksey: Guest Columnist As the wheat harvest approaches, we are all hoping the threat of hail holds off for at least a few more weeks. But, even before this year’s wheat crop is out of the field, planting plans for next fall should be well under way. Proper variety selection is one management […]

Area dryland wheat in dire need of moisture

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By William Thompson Lack of significant moisture since mid-October has area wheat farmers desperately hoping for rain. One wheat farmer, Dale Miller, said if it doesn’t rain or snow in the next couple of weeks his crop will fail. Miller grows wheat and grazes cattle at his farm off state Highway 236, about 13 miles […]

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 […]

Wheat yields double yearly average

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By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers The end of the wheat harvest is still two weeks away and one area elavator is already overflowing. Jimmy Schell, manager of the Friona Wheat Grower’s Grady station, said in an average year yields from the mostly dryland fields in northern Curry County average about 20 bushels per acre. But […]

Storm drops golf-ball-size hail on county

PNT Staff Monday night’s hailstorm caused some damage in Roosevelt County, but the storm was small compared to some from years past. “There were some golf-ball-sized (pieces of hail) here in Dora,” said Becky Fraze, a secretary for the Dora Fire Department. “We pruned the trees around here. The damage to the wheat crop maybe […]