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NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Farmington to host field day

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Which alfalfa hybrid will have the best yield in the Four Corners region? Which grape variety can survive the harsh winter temperatures? What ornamental plants will grow with little or no water?

Four Corners region agricultural producers learn about the latest research at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Farmington from Rick Arnold during a field day tour. This year's field day will be July 20. (NMSU photo by Geraint Smith)

Faculty members from New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Farmington have the answers to these questions and many more. During a field day Friday, July 20, the public can gleam helpful information about the research being conducted at the facility.

The New Mexico Centennial event is free and open to the general public. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with field tours beginning at 10 a.m. Guests will be treated to a barbeque lunch at noon.

"This is your NMSU Agricultural Science Center for the Four Corners Region and we hope you will attend the celebration of our state's 100 years of statehood," Rick Arnold, NMSU professor and superintendent of the facility. "Join us for a learning experience on agroforestry, weed control, field and forage crops, vegetables, grapes, biofuel crops, drought tolerant landscape plants while celebrating the state's Centennial."

The public also will have the opportunity to learn about the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project and other programs NMSU provides to the Four Corners region.

The science center is located seven miles south Farmington. Travel six-and-a-half miles south of the San Juan River bridge on NM 371 Bisti Highway to Navajo Road 3003; travel west four miles to Navajo Road 4063, then turn north when you see the NMSU sign. Visit http://farmingtonsc.nmsu.edu/ for a map and more information about research being conducted at the facility.

The event is sponsored by the Agricultural Science Center-Farmington advisory committee, NMSU Agricultural Experiment Station, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and the Farmington Chamber of Commerce's agricultural committee.