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NMSU’s Leyendecker farm to host onion field day July 16

New Mexico State University’s departments of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Extension Plant Sciences, Dona Ana County Extension and Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center will host an onion field day from 7:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 16, at Leyendecker.

People stand in a field of onions listening to a speaker.
Participants at New Mexico State University’s 2010 onion field day listen to a presentation by Chris Cramer, director of NMSU’s onion breeding program. The annual event takes place at the Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center south of Las Cruces. (NMSU photo by Stephanie Sweet)

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a welcome from David Thompson, associate dean for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, scheduled for 8 a.m.

Chris Cramer, professor of horticulture, will lead a walking tour of NMSU’s Onion Breeding Program, to show growers results of NMSU’s current research on fusarium basal rot, iris yellow spot and onion thrips. This will be followed by a discussion on “Soil-Borne Diseases of Onions” led by Soum Sanogo, associate professor of fungal plant pathology.

Other topics to be covered are “Weed Management in Onion Fields” by Brian Schutte, professor of weed physiology; “Identification and Management Strategies for Iris Yellow Spot Virus” by Rebecca Creamer, professor of plant virology; and “Thrips Control Options” by Brad Lewis, assistant professor of entomology.

Two NMDA pesticide applicator continuing education units will be available for participants there for the weed and pest management portion of the event.

The event is scheduled to conclude around noon.

There is no cost to attend the field day. For more information about the onion field day, contact Walker at 575-646-4398 or swalker@nmsu.edu. For a map and directions to Leyendecker, visit http://leyendeckersc.nmsu.edu/map.html.