Agriculture producers and others in the community can learn about regional agriculture issues, research and advances the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at today’s annual field day in Clovis.
The event is open to the public, and includes a tour of center research projects, lunch and a keynote speech by NMSU President Barbara Couture.
“Anybody and everybody’s welcome,” said Clovis extension agronomist Mark Marsalis.
Center crop physiologist Sangu Angadi said he hoped farmers would see the research, adapt it to their needs and pass on the information to other farmers, who could then use it themselves.
“Each farmer’s situation is different, and they must use technology depending on their need,” he said.
Marsalis said Field Day helps growers improve their profits and sustainability. The general public can learn about regional agriculture and how the center is addressing local agricultural issues, he said.
Also, Texas and New Mexico pesticide applicators can earn 2 1/2 Continuing Education Units for their certifications.
During field day, Marsalis said he planned to discuss sorghum developed to resist the effects of grass herbicides used on weeds in the field.
“It’s the latest technological advance, and it’s going to be great for sorghum growers because they can go over the top of their sorghum with grass herbicide, which they haven’t been able to do in the past,” he said.
The sorghum isn’t genetically modified.
Angadi intends to present his collaborative research on growing legumes and sorghum in the same field to improve water use efficiency, production and quality of the forage for silage. He has looked at a number of aspects, such as which legume to use and what percentage of each crop to grow.
Angadi also plans to talk about studies on the benefits of strip tilling, tilling a strip of land between previous crop rows, and leaving crop stubble in dryland fields.
According to Marsalis, the day’s other presentations are:
• Natural Resource Conservation Service rangeland management specialist Bill Taylor is set to discuss options for grazing land that has exited the Conservation Reserve Program.
• Francisco Contreras-Govea, an agronomist from the NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Artesia, is to talk about mixing legumes and sorghum or corn in dairy silage.
• Clovis research specialist Sultan Begna is expected to discuss strip-till technology and management for dryland fields.
• Artesia extension agronomist Robert Flynn is scheduled to present on applying manure and lagoon water to crops.
• Clovis extension dairy specialist Robert Hagevoort is to talk about dairy’s economic situation and how it will affect which crops they buy for feed.