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Valencia County Extension to host crop nutrition workshop

LOS LUNAS, N.M. - Profitable farming starts with the soil and its nutritional makeup. Proper crop fertilization can improve soil quality and health, increase crop yields and save farmers money.

New Mexico State University's Valencia County Extension office is hosting a free soil and water management and crop nutrition workshop, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the UNM-Valencia Campus, 2800 La Entrada Road, Los Lunas.

"It all starts with the soil," said Kyle Tator, Valencia County Extension agricultural agent. "Soil and water testing are cost-effective tools a farmer can use to benefit their bottom line. Knowing the characteristics of their soil and water allows farmers to fix deficiencies and select crops that may perform better in their specific growing environment, which over time can promote healthier soils and better yield."

Robert Flynn, Extension agronomist stationed at the NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Artesia, will explain the benefits of soil testing, how to interpret the results, and some of the common problems New Mexico's soil have. Similar discussion will be held regarding irrigation water.

"The New Mexico Environment Department will also be present to conduct free water tests on samples from private domestic wells," Tator said. "We are asking those wanting to bring samples to the workshop to pre-register by calling 505-565-3002 and receive directions for collecting their water sample."