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NMSU Clovis Science Center Field Day Set for Aug. 2

CLOVIS - New research on water-conserving crops will highlight an evening field day Aug. 2 at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Clovis.



Mark Marsalis, an agronomist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, inspects corn plants in an experimental irrigation study. The project, along with other new research programs featuring water-conserving crops, will be the focus of an evening field day Aug. 2 at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Clovis. (07/05/2005) (Courtesy Photo by Christie Werner)

"We're looking at several different types of drought-tolerant crops, including sorghums, millets, cotton and sunflowers," said Mark Marsalis, a Clovis-based agronomist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service. "Even with recent good rains, it's important for us to look at crops that do well under low-water conditions."

The free program begins with registration at 5 p.m., and a field tour starts at 7 p.m. at NMSU's 164-acre science center, located 13 miles north of Clovis on State Road 288.

One new feature at the science center this year is a recently installed 45-acre center pivot irrigation system. "We are now able to do research that is more applicable to the growers in this area," Marsalis said. "Almost all of our variety trials this year will be under the center pivot."

The field day program will open with remarks by Paul Gutierrez, associate dean of NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics, followed by field tours.

Marsalis will give an update on several warm-season annual grass studies, while NMSU entomologist Carol Sutherland will discuss insect management.

Naveen Puppala, a Clovis-based peanut breeder with NMSU's Agricultural Experiment Station, will provide an update on the center's Valencia peanut breeding program. Leonard Lauriault, a forage agronomist at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari, will review several alfalfa variety trials taking place in New Mexico.

Christie Werner, a NMSU senior research assistant, will talk about sunflower variety trials, while NMSU technician Janet Irwin will discuss cotton variety trials.

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 Marsalis in advance at (505) 985-2292 or e-mail marsalis@nmsu.edu.