Writer: Norman Martin
CLOVIS - New lines of peanuts, weed control options and wheat variety research will take center stage at an field day Aug. 3 at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Clovis.
"This is our first evening field day," said Rex Kirksey, superintendent of the Clovis scientific center. "We're hoping that this will increase participation of area producers, in addition to bringing in a new audience."
Registration for the free program begins at 5 p.m., followed by a dinner sponsored by area businesses. Founded in 1949, the 164-acre Clovis science center is located 15 miles north of Clovis on State Road 288.
The scientific portion of the field day begins at 6:30 p.m. with remarks by Jerry Schickedanz, dean of NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics, followed by field tours. Kirksey will recognize area legislators who supported legislation to boost the Clovis research center's program by almost $375,000.
Naveen Puppala, a Clovis-based peanut breeder with NMSU's Agricultural Experiment Station, will lead the tour of research projects with an update on the center's Valencia peanut breeding program.
Christie Werner, an NMSU senior research assistant, will speak about corn and sorghum variety trials. Brent Bean, an agronomist with Texas A&M's Extension Service in Amarillo, will review wheat varieties for fall planting. Janet Irwin, a research technician in Clovis, will discuss the center's cotton variety trials.
Mark Renz, an Extension weed specialist and NMSU research interns Jason Lindsey and Barbara Queener will present an evaluation of weed control techniques. Robert Flynn, an agronomist with NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia, will discuss manure use in production agriculture.
Leonard Lauriault, a forage agronomist at the Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari, will discuss an experimental study of kenaf, an ancient plant from Africa. Stalks of kenaf grow to be 12-14 feet tall in a few months. The plant's fibers can be used for arts and crafts, as an alternative to paper made from wood pulp and in industrial applications.
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 Kirksey in advance at (505) 985-2292 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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