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NMSU Onion Field Day Slated for May 14

LAS CRUCES - Onion growers can update their knowledge of the latest in varieties, disease control and insect management at New Mexico State University's annual Onion Field Day on Wednesday, May 14.



Chris Cramer, an onion breeder with New Mexico State University's Agricultural Experiment Station, examines one of the many onion varieties, to be featured at an annual Onion Field Day on Wednesday, May 14. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fabian Garcia Research Center, 1.5 miles west of NMSU's main campus. (04/23/2003) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fabian Garcia Research Center, 1.5 miles west of NMSU's main campus.

Highlighting the field day, which attracts producers from as far away as Texas, California and Mexico, will be more than 45 fall-seeded, spring-planted and spring-seeded entries in variety trials, said Chris Cramer, field day coordinator and onion breeder with NMSU's Agricultural Experiment Station.

Potential open-pollinated lines for release, experimental open-pollinated breeding lines and experimental inbred lines will also be on display, he said.

According to the New Mexico Agricultural Statistics Service, the state's onion producers, led by growers in Doņa Ana, Luna and Sierra counties, harvested some 8,000 acres valued at $55 million last year.

Cramer will open the field day with an update on NMSU's onion breeding program. Natalie Goldberg, a plant pathologist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, will talk about onion disease management, while Brad Lewis, a research entomologist, with NMSU's entomology, plant pathology and weed sciences department, will review onion insect management.

In addition, visitors can tour the university experimental research plots. Admission is free, but participants should RSVP Cramer if they plan to attend the lunch following the program.

For more information about the field day or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, contact Cramer in advance at (505) 646-2657 or e-mail cscramer@nmsu.edu.