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NMSU research farms hosts annual field days in Tucumcari, Clovis, Los Lunas

In early August, New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will host several of its annual field days at multiple locations throughout the state.

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Naveen Puppala, a peanut breeder at the Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, talks to a group of attendees at a recent field day. This year's field days will be held at Tucumcari on Aug. 6, Clovis on Aug. 7 and Los Lunas on Aug. 12. (NMSU photo)

“We host field days at our off-campus agricultural science centers to show community members what our Agricultural Experiment Station scientists are doing to help local producers and consumers,” said Steven Loring, associate director of NMSU’s Agricultural Experiment Station System.

“We have the chance to explain why we are there and what difference we make for the local economy, environment, and, most importantly, people. Folks who attend a field day can expect to learn about the particular areas of research being conducted, and ask questions of the scientists conducting the research. Also, Cooperative Extension Service agents and specialists attend to help in the education process.”

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.

The Tucumcari field day begins with registration at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Lowell Catlett, dean emeritus of NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, will be the pre-dinner speaker. Following the free 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 at Tucumcari’s field day include topics such as innovative technology for beef cattle feed efficiency testing; tillage and nitrogen effects on silage corn; manure applications in strip tillage systems; tepary beans for grain and forage; perennial cereal rye for forage; and glandless cotton.

The following day, the Clovis NMSU Agricultural Science Center Field Day begins with registration at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7. The field tour begins at 9 a.m. with a catered lunch to follow the tour.

Presentations include topics such as cover cropping in conservation tillage systems; weed resistance development and management; potential industrial crops for the High Plains; weed management in canola; insect pest management update; breeding for high oleic Valencia peanut; dairy industry update; and a discussion about winter canola or spring canola.

The Clovis Field Day brings farmers, dairy producers, industry people, extension educators and the NMSU researchers together to visit and interact with each other, and share ideas and opinions about different cultural practices. It also allows area producers the opportunity to ask questions and get answers in a one-on-one setting, while attendees have the chance to view current research plots and to see up close what is working and what isn’t working.

The Los Lunas NMSU Agricultural Science Center Field Day begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. Following welcome addresses at 8:15 a.m. from Jeff Witte, the New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture, and Xavier Montoya, Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist, wagon and walking tours and demonstrations start at 9 a.m., and the event concludes with a catered lunch.

Presentations on the field tours and demonstrations include mechanical chile harvest; Papa Criolla potato research; weed control in chiles; jujubes as an alternative fruit crop; alfalfa research; organic weed management; cover crops; soil health; and native plants.

The Field Day at Los Lunas offers a wide range of research programs to serve its broad clientele base that ranges from the horticultural needs of individual homeowners to small- and medium-sized farming operations in the Middle Rio Grande Valley.

Earlier this summer two field days were held in Las Cruces at the Fabian Garcia Research Center: Onion Field Day, which coincided with the traditional start of the onion harvest season in southern New Mexico in early June, and Grape Day, Aug. 1.

Each event is free and open to the public. For more information on NMSU’s Agricultural Experiment Station visit http://aces.nmsu.edu/aes/.