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NMSU to host workshop on raising sunflowers as an alternative crop

PENA BLANCA, N.M. - New Mexico State University Extension specialists will present information about raising sunflowers as an alternative crop during a workshop Monday, Dec. 5, at the Cochiti Pueblo Dam Visitor Center, located at the base of Cochiti Lake Dam.


"This will be an opportunity for growers to learn how sunflowers can be used in crop rotation, the variety trials that have been done at the NMSU Agricultural Science Center in Farmington, and the financial side of the crop," said Del Jimenez, NMSU Extension agricultural specialist.

"This is an exciting opportunity for the farmers in the Middle Rio Grande Valley," said Patrice Harrison-Inglis, promoter of the Pena Blanca Sunflower Project. "I hope they will take the time to come and hear about raising sunflowers. I think the questions they may have about the crop will be answered."

The event will begin at 5:15 p.m. with a dinner sponsored by the Pena Blanca Sunflower Project. The program, which will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m., will begin with an introduction by Harrison-Inglis.

Presentations will include:

"Introducing a New Crop for the Area," by Steve Lucero, Sandoval County Extension agriculture agent
"Variety Trials and Agronomic Practices," by Mick O'Neal, professor of agronomy at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Farmington
"Marketing and Cost Return," by Terry Crawford, interim department head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business
"Crop Rotation with Alfalfa," by Leonard Lauriault, professor of forage agronomy at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari

For more information about the Pena Blanca Sunflower Project, view the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpczmctksqs.

The event is hosted by NMSU's Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service, the Northern New Mexico Outreach Program, the Pena Blanca Sunflower Project, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.