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 [...]

Weather contributed to poor milo crop

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Unfavorable weather has left Roosevelt County farmers with a poor milo harvest this year. “It’s just one of those years,” said dryland farmer Grady Jenkins of Portales Jenkins estimated this harvest from his 640 acres of milo, also called grain sorghum, was a third to a half of the [...]

Peanut yields above average this season

By Karl Terry Farmers were finishing up peanut harvest early this week in eastern New Mexico as grain harvest was awaiting frost to kick the combines into high gear. According to Jimmie Shearer at Sunland Inc. it was one of the best peanut harvests in recent memory. “We’re just about done,” said Shearer. “It’s down [...]

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 [...]

Ethanol plant may receive competition

By Tony Parra Construction on a new ethanol plant in Levelland will begin in October or November according to Dave Quinn, director of economic development for Levelland, Texas. Levelland is located 20 miles west of Lubbock and within 90 miles of Portales. Quinn and Chris Standlee, Executive Vice President for Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation, both feel [...]