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NMSU Onion Field Day Set for May 19

LAS CRUCES - Updates on New Mexico State University's new onion breeding lines will highlight a May 19 onion field day at NMSU's Fabian Garcia Research Center, just west of the main campus.


The free, half-day program for regional onion growers will feature new open-pollinated lines for release, as well as experimental breeding lines. Some 25 fall-seeded, 40 spring-transplanted and 40 spring-seeded entries will be on display.

"This is a good chance to see how NMSU's new breeding lines and those of the commercial seed companies are performing in this area," said Stephanie Walker, vegetable specialist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service.

The field day program begins at 9 a.m., and concludes with a noon luncheon sponsored by Lockhart Seed Co. Participants staying for lunch are asked to RSVP by May 12.

Erin Silva, a NMSU crop physiologist, will update participants on ongoing onion research projects, while Chris Cramer, an onion breeder with NMSU's Agricultural Experiment Station, will review the university's current breeding program.

Last year, NMSU scientists found a way to fill an early summer harvesting window with a new white onion variety, 'NuMex Solano', that will hit the fresh market while other varieties are still in the ground. They also released a red onion, 'NuMex Crimson', a first for NMSU.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, please contact Walker at (505) 646-5280 or swalker@nmsu.edu before the event.