NASCAR makes pit stop in corn field

NASCAR has announced an agreement with the National Corn Growers Association to begin using Ethanol 15, a greener fuel, manufactured from corn. Al Gore has just announced that ethanol for use in cars was not as good an idea as he thought. He must have bought some BP stock. It’s great news for corn growers, […]

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 […]

Sorghum technology interests area growers

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Jared Tucker Herbicide-tolerant sorghum was the hot topic discussed at Thursday’s annual field day, along with a speech by New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture, at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center in Clovis. The sorghum that was discussed during the event is developed to combat the effects of grass herbicide used on weeds, according to […]

Cattle growers wary of livestock ID program

By Argen Duncan If the discussion is a system to trace diseases in cattle, New Mexico already has a sufficient system in place, members of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association said. The group covered several topics at its southeast regional meeting Tuesday night at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. According to information from the Cattle […]

Our people: Enjoying the cowboy life

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Wesley Grau of Grady was named the 2009 Cattleman of the Year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. Grau said the members of NMCGA vote on the recipient. He said he was humbled by the award. Grau has been ranching his entire life, except for the years he spent studying agriculture business at New […]

Growers: Peanut harvest slightly above average

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With the harvest about halfway there, this year’s peanut crop is good to average, according to people in the know. The harvest began in September and most peanuts are expected to be in before Thanksgiving. “I’ve seen worse, I’ve seen better,” Leonard Stanton, plant manager for Portales Select Peanut […]

Young cattlemen’s scholarship available

Freedom New Mexico Aplications are being accepted through Nov. 1 for three scholarships offered by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee. A $1,000 scholarship is available from Purina Mills and the YCLC. Applicants must be members of the New Mexico Junior Cattle Growers Association or the child of a NMCGA member. […]

Peanut growers vote support for national board

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Members of the New Mexico Peanut Growers Association at their meeting in Portales Wednesday approved a referendum supporting continuation of the National Peanut Board. Leaders among New Mexico and west Texas peanut farmers have said the National Peanut Board, which is up for a reaffirmation vote in April, is […]

Peanut Growers meeting set

The New Mexico Peanut Growers Association Annual Meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 25 at the Memorial Building, at the corner of Seventh and Abilene Streets. Growers and anyone interested in the latest Farm Bill may attend. Speakers are Maria Fenn of the National Peanut Board on promotion of the industry, […]

Dec. 9, 1947

One hundred sixty-eight peanut growers turned out to vote in an election to restore quotas on marketing and acreage over the following three years. They comprised almost half of the 400 peanut growers in the valley.

Sept. 30, 1944

Portales Valley Sweet Potato Growers met to set a time for the opening of the curing houses, as the fair weather was guaranteeing a good crop that season.

Farmers ready for this year’s market season

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Local growers say the crops are looking good and they’re ready for the official opening of the Portales Farmers Market. The market will be open at a new time — 5 p.m. — Mondays and Thursdays now through the end of October, said Margie Plummer, market manager. “We got […]

Events Calendar, March 28

TodayN.M. Peanut Growers Annual Meeting — 10 a.m., Memorial Building, PortalesFloyd Jamboree — 7 p.m. Old Gym Floyd High School SaturdayKid’s Extravaganza — 2-4 p.m., Memorial Building, PortalesFloyd Jamboree — 7 p.m. Old Gym Floyd High School SundayFloyd Jamboree (Gospel) — 2 p.m. Old Gym Floyd High School TuesdayPortales City Council — 7 p.m., Portales […]

Local Briefs March 28, 2008

Peanut Growers to meetThe New Mexico Peanut Growers Association will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m. Friday at the Memorial Building in Portales, according to a press release. Maria Fenn of the National Peanut Board will provide an update on peanut industry developments. A representative of the New Mexico State University Research Station will […]

Peanut crop pleases local farmers

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s not always a golden harvest. But this year local peanut growers and processors say the weather has been perfect and the nuggets they’re bringing in are bright of hull and sweet tasting. “It’s going great,” Sunland CEO and President Jimmie Shearer said. “Weather-wise this is probably the best […]

Weather helps peanut belt

Staff and Wire Reports Recent storms brought much-needed rain to the peanut belt Staff and Wire Reports ALBANY, Ga. — Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley brought much-needed rain to parched Southern peanut fields, but growers say they still need regular showers and moderate temperatures over the next three to four weeks to maximize yields. […]