Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Updates on cotton and grazing research will highlight an Aug. 3 field day at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari. Four tour presentations are scheduled during the free, public event, which begins at 5 p.m.
Rex Kirksey, science center superintendent, will provide an overview of cotton variety trials at Tucumcari. NMSU entomologist Jane Pierce, based in Artesia, will talk about cotton development and insect problems.
Kirksey said cotton acreage in the Tucumcari area has significantly increased in recent years, leading researchers at the center to focus on cotton research.
"A number of issues relating to cotton have not been addressed for our area," he said. "We're conducting variety trials to see which varieties are best adapted here."
The science center also concentrates on irrigated pastures and rotational grazing research. Several related topics are scheduled for the field day program, including continuous versus rotational grazing, pasture costs and returns, and new directions in grazing research.
"This is an important topic in our area because there are a number of growers who have combinations of rangeland and irrigated crop land," Kirksey said. "Irrigated pastures are a way for them to combine the two different types of operations and obtain some type of risk diversity."
Other featured projects during the field day will include yucca and brush control, and summer and winter forage options.
Jerry Schickedanz, dean of NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics, is scheduled to speak at the event. For more information about the field day, contact Kirksey at (505) 646-1620.
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