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Ditch Cleaning Demonstration Set

LAS CRUCES -- Jornada Resource Conservation and Development Council will host a mechanical ditch cleaning demonstration June 26 at 10 a.m. on Harper Road in Las Cruces.

The machine is mounted on a tractor's three-point hitch and uses a side blower to remove up to a foot of sediment from concrete ditches in one trip.

Soil sediment in farm service ditches reduces capacity, allows weeds to grow and increases time needed to irrigate. Ditches are usually cleaned by hand.

The demonstration site will be one-quarter mile east of South Main on Harper Road (County Road B-53), approximately 7 miles south of Mesilla Park. For more information, contact the Dona Ana County Extension office at 525-6649 or New Mexico State University Water Quality Programs at 646-1131.