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NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari to host annual field day Thursday

The New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari will host its annual field day Thursday, Aug. 6. The event is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. The center is located three miles northeast of Tucumcari on Highway 54.

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Attendees at a prior year’s field day at New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari take a hay wagon tour of the center’s research projects. (NMSU photo by Darrell J. Pehr)
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New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers speaks to attendees at last’s year field day at the Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari. (NMSU photo by Darrell J. Pehr)

“The Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari is NMSU’s oldest continuously operating off-campus research facility and has a very diverse on-site research program to serve stakeholders locally and throughout the state involved in irrigated and non-irrigated cropping systems, forages and livestock, for example,” Superintendent Leonard Lauriault said.

Lowell Catlett, dean emeritus of NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, will be the pre-dinner speaker. Following the free brisket dinner catered by the Tumbleweed 4-H Club, attendees can take a hay wagon tour of some of the center’s research projects and the evening concludes with an ice cream social.

Presentations on the field tour will be given by John Heckendorn, member of Tucumcari Feed Efficiency Testing, LLC on upgrading the current bull testing facility with the GrowSafe System; NMSU State Extension Agronomist John Idowu on tillage and nitrogen effects on silage corn; NMSU Tucumcari semi-arid cropping systems specialist Murali Darapuneni on manure applications in strip tillage systems; NMSU Director of the semi-arid cropping research innovation program Rich Pratt on tepary beans for grain and forage; NMSU State Extension Forage Specialist Mark Marsalis on perennial cereal rye for forage; and NMSU Extension Entomologist Jane Pierce on glandless cotton.

For more information or directions call 575-461-1620 or email tucumcar@nmsu.edu