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NMSU Farmington Nightshade Research Gives Pinto Beans a Fighting Chance

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- A New Mexico State University nightshade research project in San Juan County is helping pinto bean growers hold their own against the annual weed that used to infiltrate and overtake their fields.

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Tent Caterpillars Defoliate Aspen

LAS CRUCES -- A leaf-eating caterpillar has defoliated thousands of acres of aspens in the Santa Fe national forest and may kill a number of the trees, said a New Mexico State University forest entomologist.

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Research Helping Farmers Plan Future of Erosion-prone Land

LAS CRUCES -- In parched eastern New Mexico, fields planted in perennial grasses looked better than the wheat this spring. The flat stretches of yellowed grass were among the state's 400,000 acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, a federal effort to fight erosion on highly erodible land.

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Biosolid Compost Fights Disease in Greenhouse Experiment

ALBUQUERQUE -- One of the easiest ways to improve your garden soil is by adding compost. A recent New Mexico State University study shows that compost made from biosolids (sludge) and landscaping wood wastes also can act as a natural fungicide.

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Plant Crops Now for Fall Harvest

LAS CRUCES -- Hot, dry winds turned cauliflower curds purple and broccoli bitter in New Mexico gardens this spring. But gardeners can still reap sweet success by planting crops for harvest in the fall.

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Ditch Cleaning Demonstration Set

LAS CRUCES -- Jornada Resource Conservation and Development Council will host a mechanical ditch cleaning demonstration June 26 at 10 a.m. on Harper Road in Las Cruces.

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Beef Efficiency Forum Planned

LAS CRUCES -- Beef cattle producers can learn about beef production practices in a depressed cattle market during the fourth annual Southwest Beef Efficiency Enhancement Forum (BEEF), Aug. 22-23 at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

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State 4-H Conference Set for July

LAS CRUCES -- A kaleidoscope of activities from livestock judging to surfing the internet will be offered for teens at the 73rd annual State 4-H Conference July 15-18 in Las Cruces.

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NMSU's Cotton Breeding Program Named One of the Most Influential in Nation

LAS CRUCES -- In cotton's family tree, New Mexico State University's Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) has some strong roots -- almost half the new upland varieties trace back to the program.

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Humid Days Mean Time is Ripe for Powdery Mildew in Chile

LAS CRUCES -- After recent stretches of humid weather, chile growers should protect their crops from a disease called powdery mildew, a New Mexico State University plant pathologist said.

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