Portales past: March 13, 1962

March 13, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: Transwestern Pipeline Co. has appealed to the United States Supreme Court a judgment calling for the payment of more than $40,000 in damages to nine Portales Valley farmers.

Food safety bill hurts farmers

What will the Food Safety Modernization Act, if put into effect, do to Ms. Obama’s backyard garden? Congress has taken up the issue of food safety because of the headline-grabbing occurrences of, primarily bacterial, outbreaks of disease in fresh meat and produce. With the exception of eggs, most E. coli and Salmonella outbreaks are a […]

Commodities market risky

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Argen Duncan Speculation in agricultural commodities markets is causing greater volatility in prices than in the past, affecting everyone from the farmer to the consumer, according to farmers and grain dealers in eastern New Mexico. Agricultural commodities are certain farm products, including corn, wheat, milk, cheese and cotton, that are traded internationally, much like the […]

Wheat farmers bracing for dry winter

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By Alisa Boswell Two months into the winter growing season, farmers in Curry and Roosevelt County are asking one question: Where’s the rain? With 60 to 70-degree days and less than normal precipitation, the two counties are suffering a dry season. Farmers said only wheat crops have suffered badly from this winter’s dry spell. According […]

Dairy farmers: Feed costs squeezing profits

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Argen Duncan After a few months of good milk prices, dairy farmers say they are again seeing their profit margins drop, but forecasts indicate rising milk prices later in 2011. In 2009, milk prices were low and feed costs high, meaning dairies lost money. Roosevelt County dairy owner Alan Anderson said dairies came back a […]

Pumpkins family tradition

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Argen Duncan What would Thanksgiving be without pumpkins? Area residents not only cook with the traditional fall food, but some grow it as well. Portales Farmers Market Manager Margie Plummer and her family have been growing pumpkins in their garden for about 20 years, she said. She sells the fruit at the farmers market and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dairy Farmers of America plan for future

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The global demand for agricultural products, including dairy products, will increase in coming years, meaning a bright outlook for that industry, speakers said at the Dairy Farmers of America Southwest Area Industry Update Meeting on Wednesday in Clovis. Walter Bradley of the DFA Clovis office said 185 people from around the region attended. He estimated […]

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 […]

Farmers see abundant cotton yields

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Argen Duncan Roosevelt and Curry counties have much more cotton than normal this year, and the crop is shaping up to be excellent, people in local agriculture say. Roosevelt County has 75 percent more cotton than normal this year, said Floyd farmer Allen Deen. Kenny Whitecotton of Strippers Custom Harvesting estimated 5,000-6,000 acres in the […]

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 […]

Texico student elected to state 4-H position

A Texico High student was elected to the 2010-11 State 4-H Council Officer Team, chosen during the 87th Annual State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces in July. Wil Hodnett of Texico was elected treasurer. Hodnett competes in livestock judging, along with showing sheep, beef and dairy heifers. Hodnett, 17, also runs track and participates in […]

Hand-free device better on animals

Glenda Price My friend and I were strolling through the local farmers’ market one day, when she suddenly began talking. I tried to answer her, even though I really didn’t know what she was talking about. This went on a few minutes — her talking, then me talking — when she finally turned toward me […]

Roping event will benefit children’s home

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Argen Duncan A team roping event set for October aims to honor a Curry County farmer, benefit children and raise money for agriculture advocacy. The first-ever Charles Petty Memorial Team Roping Event is to raise money for the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, a lobby group for farmers and ranchers, and the New Mexico Baptist Children’s […]

Portales past: Aug. 13, 1945

Aug. 13, 1945: Due to a drastic feed shortage in the area, many farmers and dairy cattlemen were selling all or part of their herds, cutting milk production by 20 to 30 percent.

Let’s stop criticizing farmers

By Baxter Black: On the Edge of Common Sense Back before the collapse of the United Soviet Socialist Republic we had visitors from Romania tour our feedlot. We explained the program including cost of cattle, feed, maintenance, and cost of grain. “How much will they pay you for your cattle?” they asked. “We don’t know,” […]

Portales past: June 2, 1955

June 2, 1955: Area farmers formed groups to begin battling a grasshopper invasion. About 90,000 acres of croplands were in danger, officials said, with cost to poison the hoppers estimated at 20 cents per acre.

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. […]

Farmers’ Electric receives $28.1 million USDA loan

The Associated Press CLOVIS — Farmers’ Electric Cooperative of Clovis is receiving a $28.1 million loan to upgrade its electric delivery system for seven counties in eastern New Mexico and three in Texas. The cooperative will use the money to expand service to current customers and extend service to new customers. It also will replace […]