Drought takes its toll on cotton crop

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Farmers across the region say this fall’s cotton crop is bad because of the drought but that’s not the worst news. “The worst thing,” farmer Kendall Devault said Thursday standing alongside 200-acre cotton field outside Farwell, “the bad of it all is underground. There’s no deep moisture left. It’s [...]

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NMSU hosting field day in Clovis New Mexico State University is hosting its annual Clovis Field Day Thursday, focusing on alternative crop management of existing and less-utilized crops. The program, which will be held at the Agricultural Science Center in Clovis, has been structured to address extended dry conditions and diminishing irrigation sources. “This year’s [...]

Too much time spent on problems

I enjoy solving problems. Not abstract puzzles as much as real-life situations, although the occasional puzzle can sometimes be fun, too. This does not mean I like having problems arise that need to be solved, or that I enjoy people who intentionally cause problems for me. Enough little things crop up spontaneously to provide ample [...]

Local farmer favors cotton

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Argen Duncan Despite the drought and wind, a cotton farmer says the crop is a good option in Roosevelt County this year. Farmer Colin Chandler said producers are planting only irrigated cotton now, compared to last year, when 30 percent to 40 percent was dryland. “I wouldn’t say our acreage is going to be down [...]

USDA weekly crop and weather report

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Weekly area crop and weather reports from the United States Department of Agriculture:

Thursday morning briefing: Old newsboys, crop signups and The Duke wins

Good morning and welcome to must reading. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Old newspaper boys Ed Widener of Alamagordo and his brother Dennis Widener of Clovis not only delivered the Portales Daily News / News-Tribune in the 1950s, they started a tradition. Ed says he and Dennis

Peanut researchers focus on hardier crop

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Argen Duncan Area peanut researchers are focusing on developing varieties with disease resistance, drought tolerance, early maturity and peanuts with a long shelf life. Peanut breeder Naveen Puppala of the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis and Soumailia Sanogo of NMSU’s Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science Department discussed their work at [...]

Year in Review: Agriculture producers had good year

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PNT staff report Agriculture this year saw good harvests overall, an increase in cotton and a little relief for dairy owners. Floyd farmer Allen Deen said Roosevelt County had 75 percent more cotton than normal this year, and Kenny Whitecotton of Strippers Custom Harvesting estimated the county had 5,000 to 6,000 acres of the crop. [...]

Americans always ready to lend a hand

Last spring many criticized Florida strawberry growers for plowing under their crop when it was obvious that spending more money to pick and distribute it would only add to their financial loss. They were called stingy and greedy by their detractors and told they should harvest the crop and give it to the needy. When [...]

Area farmers expect strong milo crop

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Jared Tucker What’s the best way to spend your 39th wedding anniversary? Harvesting a good milo crop, according to Dora farmers Randy and Diane Lieb, and Mother Nature’s heavy rain this season is getting all of the credit for that crop. The Liebs said they had a record milo crop, and they will spend their [...]