Fire destroys sorghum, hay on ranch east of Portales

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Fire destroyed an estimated $800,000 worth of ground hay and sorghum this afternoon on a ranch east of Portales. According to Wes Fraze, son-in-law of the W Diamond Heifer Ranch owner, R.L. Rogers, the fire began when a contracted worker was grinding the hay and sorghum. Fraze said the worker believed a rock had gotten […]

Abengoa Bioenergy restarting biofuel production

PNT STAFF REPORT Abengoa Bioenergy USA is restarting its Portales bioethanol plant today after nearly two years of inactivity, Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Greg Fisher said Tuesday. The Portales plant will employ 47 people to manufacture 25 million gallons of bioethanol per year, using dryland sorghum, according to a news release from […]

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 […]

USDA: County farmers ahead in production

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County farmers are leading the state with dramatic increases in sorghum, peanut, wheat and corn production.

Farmers pleased with sorghum crop

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Grain sorghum farmers are reporting an above average year with yields double and even triple the average, according to area producers and officials. “It is probably one of the better crops we’ve had in the past five years,” said Toby Bostwick, Curry County farmer and president-elect for the National […]

Field day shows off crops

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Around a bend on a narrow road, pockets of sorghum, canola, sunflowers, cow peas and corn sprout from the rutted brown soil. The crops are the research of about a dozen New Mexico State University researchers and staff. At the Agricultural Science Center north of Clovis, the group uses […]

Local plant celebrates growth

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Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor Portales citizens, state politicians and Washington lobbyists came together Tuesday afternoon under a large canopy to celebrate not only the expansion of the city’s Abengoa ethanol plant, but a recently passed energy bill that made such an expansion so relevant in the coming years. The expansion will doubled the plant’s […]