Herd receives harvest treatment

Denny got a call from the farmer’s widow. She had 13 head of big steers that had been hibernating in her woods since the funeral a year ago. Denny operated a hauling service in the neck of West Virginia. They did rip rap, lumber, heavy equipment and other inanimate objects. Denny agreed to help the […]

Local groups host Halloween, fall harvest events

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Alisa Boswell ‘Tis the season for candy, costumes, and fun. Several Halloween, Harvest and fall events are happening in the Clovis/Portales area this week to celebrate the holidays. Pre-schoolers dressed in their costumes Thursday morning for story time at Clovis-Carver Library. Crissie Carter, a library staff member, read the children stories with Halloween and fall […]

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 […]

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 […]

Farmers: Wheat harvest ample

Argen Duncan The grain harvest of wheat this year is the best in years due to more precipitation than usual, members of the agriculture industry are saying. At Portales grain elevator J.D. Heiskell and Company, Plant Manager Eldon Merrick said 90 to 95 percent of the wheat grown for grain in his area had been […]

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. […]

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 […]

Late harvest still possible

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer With the middle of the growing season here, plants need plenty of water, and there’s still time to plant vegetables for a late harvest, according to local garden experts. “At this juncture, the thing to stay on top of is the water,” said Patrick Kircher, Roosevelt County extension agent. […]

Poor cotton harvest doesn’t deter couple

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Roosevelt County’s cotton scene has nearly disappeared, and this season’s crop fell below usual amounts, according to two farmers. Mary and Houston Lee, who live near Floyd, said their fields yielded about a bale and a half of cotton instead of the normal two or three bales. A bale is normally 485 pounds. The Lees […]

Weather good for peanut harvest

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer This summer’s weather has had an effect on the peanut crop, area farmers and processors say, but the warm, dry weather now is perfect for harvesting the crop. Hot winds and lack of rain early in the season and then rain when the crop was mature, as opposed to […]