Rain makes tough times for milo farmers

By Tony Parra Area milo farmers did not have to worry about a drought this year, but instead had a different type of problem. A long rainy season has caused some farmers to not even be able to harvest their milo at all. Harvesting usually takes place from late October to November, however, this year […]

Farmers upset with tumbleweed problem

1103431241-12-19-tumbleweed-web.jpg

By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — Sharon Russell and her mother don’t come out to the family house northwest of Floyd much anymore. But they still love the small group of farmers that live near the Melrose Bombing Range. “This is a good community,” Russell said. “We stick together.” Today, those community members are bonded by […]

Dec. 1 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The farmers were thankful for a few days of sunshine last week so they could do a little more in harvesting. Some of the peanut farmers were able to work a couple days getting some out that had been dug for several weeks. Some farmers have hundreds of acres of hay swathed […]

Turkey rodeo a precious Thanksgiving memory

By Bob Huber Now comes Thanksgiving Day with fond memories of family gatherings and succulent roast turkeys — you know, those buzzard-looking birds with Jurassic brains the size of peas and flapping wings strong enough to tear your head off. One particular event in my family’s history had to do with 200 of those nasty […]

Cotton crops affected by rain

By David Irvin Farwell farmer Randy Cain said there’s little chance his cotton crop will produce quality T-shirts this year. And the more it rains the greater the chance his 220 acres of cotton will produce nothing more than yarn. The clock is ticking for Cain and other area cotton farmers. Wet weather over the […]

Domenici expects money for Cannon to be approved shortly

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici on Monday said he fully expects President Bush to quickly sign into law a military construction bill that includes $9.5 million he secured to construct a consolidated airmen’s center at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from the senator’s office. The Senate on Monday […]

Farmers’ water usage a concern

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Ute Water project wasn’t the only local water issue to come before last week’s meeting of a legislative interim committee. On Thursday morning, two state representatives spoke to the Water and Natural Resources Committee at Clovis Community College to explain the concerns of local residents over the consequences of unregulated […]

Recent rain helps farmers, not roads

Tony Parra April showers have brought about much needed rain to the eastern plains of New Mexico. But with it comes the good, the bad and the ugly. The good The rain has helped farmers who begin growing crops in April. Joe Whitehead, a district conservationist, said wheat is the crop growing in April. He […]

Local democrats meet with presidential campaign officials

Tony Parra The Iowa Caucus has kicked off the 2004 election year and the Roosevelt County Democrats are all in agreement of one thing: No more George W. Bush. About 50 democrats met to hear officials representing the campaigns of Howard Dean and Sen. John Kerry at the Memorial Building on Monday. “I’ve thought a […]

Poor weather puts damper on fall harvest

Mike Linn A stretch of hot and dry weather during the summer had a negative impact on the harvest of produce on area farms. And too often when moisture did arrive, it came in the form of hail, which in large sizes can wipe out acres of crop land in less than an hour, farmers […]

‘Major jobs’ on horizon for region

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and Gov. Bill Richardson this morning will unveil news about “major jobs and economic development” in eastern New Mexico, according to a press advisory released Wednesday. “It deals with the dairy industry,” said Chris Gallegos, a spokesman in Domenici’s office. “It will be big news for Curry […]

E-Farming catching on

By Mike Linn While many use the Internet as an electronic maze of MP3 piracy and chat room gossip, some are using the new technology to save money harvesting crops and peddling produce — trades that date back to the beginning of man. Just ask local farmer Sheri Jorde, who said she has saved thousands […]

Workshop searches for solution

Kevin Wilson People from different walks of life are meeting in Portales for one common goal — to slow the decline of the Ogallala Aquifer. The workshop, “Land Uses and their Effects on the Ogallala Aquifer,” is in its second day at the Memorial Building. Today’s meetings start at 8:15 a.m. and continue until noon. […]

Cheese plant may benefit area dairies

Mike Linn Talk of a cheese plant in the area took a step closer to becoming a reality on Wednesday when dairy officials announced that advanced negotiations have started to build a $170 million cheese plant in the eastern New Mexico/West Texas region. The plant will be complete by the latter part of 2005, will […]

Lack of funding threatens water conservation

Mike Linn New incentives for farmers to conserve water in the area lack the compensation funds and may have come too late to save considerable amounts of water in area wells, local conservation specialists said. Financial incentives to save water will never outweigh the income irrigation provides through the harvesting of water-thirsty crops, the specialists […]

At least when it rains, it pours

David Stevens Gary Johnson was New Mexico’s governor back then. Saddam Hussein was still running Iraq. Area cotton gins were getting ready for a record-setting season. It’s been a long time since it’s been this wet in eastern New Mexico. Some areas around Portales have received close to 2 inches of moisture in the past […]

Weather bittersweet for Portales farmers

By Mike Linn A surge of timely rain in Roosevelt County and some unwelcomed hail near the Texas state line over the weekend has brought both joy and unrest to local farmers. While the rain over the weekend was a welcome commodity to the west side of the sun-baked county, hail on the east side […]

Dry weather plagues local farmers

By Mike Linn A lack of precipitation and plenty of wind-battered crop land has been concerning area farmers, causing some to parlay excessive amounts of water onto their fields from area agriculture wells. One Roosevelt County farmer, Colin Chandler, said he has already spent more money fixing water pumps this year than all of last […]

Agriculture top water user in area

1052287164-crops.jpg

By Tony Farkas Agriculture is the foundation for eastern New Mexico’s economy. The cotton gins that didn’t stop production even on Thanksgiving Day, the farm implements seen along the roads and highways every spring and fall, and the aroma from the local feedlots and dairies offer plenty of physical evidence to support the statement. Statistics […]