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NMSU to host weed identification workshop at Cochiti Pueblo on July 21

COCHITI – It is said that weeds are plants growing where they are not wanted. One place weeds invade are fields of crops.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is hosting a free workshop on weed identification and control along with soil test interpretation from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, July 21, at the Cochiti Pueblo Community Center.

NMSU Cooperative Extension Service weed specialist Leslie Beck will conduct the weed identification portion of the workshop.

“One of the problems facing new farmers is the prevalence of weeds in their crops,” said Tory Hougland, Extension associate with the New Mexico Pueblo Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program. “Weed identification is key in managing and controlling them. This workshop will give farmers that knowledge.”

Charlene Carr, Institute of American Indian Art’s land grant director, will discuss soil test results interpretation.

“Knowing what supplements the soil’s needs is also vital for successful crops,” Hougland said. “The workshop will also cover the component soil test results.”

The workshop, which is open to the public, is part of the New Mexico Pueblo Beginning Farmer and Ranger Program administered by NMSU’s Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project.