Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES -- From irrigated pasture studies to row crop research, visitors will find plenty to chew on during an Aug. 6 field day at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari.
For a second year, the annual open house will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. to allow people to attend after work. Local businesses are sponsoring a barbecue dinner. No reservations are required.
A highlight of ongoing research at the center is a tour of irrigated pasture studies using alfalfa, grass and alfalfa-grass mixtures, said Rex Kirksey, center superintendent.
"We're looking at whether the alfalfa, which adds nitrogen to the soil, could be used to replace nitrogen fertilizers," Kirksey said. "We want to find ways of maintaining or increasing pasture production with limited purchased inputs."
Another research stop will show researcher Leonard Lauriault's work evaluating production of forage grasses and legumes under differing soil and management constraints.
Visitors also can see traditional and non-traditional row crop trials. "Besides our usual grain sorghum and corn variety trials, for 1998, we're doing cotton variety testing at the request of the local advisory committee," Kirksey said.
For more information about the field day, contact Kirksey or Lauriault at (505) 461-1620.
If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in these meetings, please call the contact person for the event two weeks in advance.
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