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NMSU experts to speak on crop production challenges at Clovis field day April 11

CLOVIS, New Mexico – Agricultural producers will have an opportunity to learn about regional crop production challenges and the latest research on special cropping techniques during a spring field day April 11 at New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis.


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Rajan Ghimire, New Mexico State University cropping systems agronomist, speaks to participants at a recent field day at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis. A spring field day is set for Thursday, April 11, at the center. (NMSU photo by Darrell J. Pehr)

“Producers and experts will have a chance to discuss the effects of novel cropping approaches such as integrating circular grass-buffer strips, cover cropping and stubble management, alternative forage crops for improving soil health, soil and water conservation and crop and forage production and quality,” said Abdel Mesbah, superintendent of the center.

Among the activities will be presentations on native grass buffers, sustainable silage corn production, cover crops, winter forage crops and a demonstration of soil moisture and soil respiration monitoring in the field.

Registration is from 9 to 9:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts provided. Mesbah will welcome attendees and make introductions at 9:30 a.m. followed by field presentations and demonstrations. Presentations will conclude at 11:30 a.m. with a sack lunch provided.

The event is free to attend and the public is invited. The event is approved by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture for two credits of Pesticide Applicator CEUs.

The schedule of presentations includes:
9:30 a.m. – Native Grass Buffers for Insect Biodiversity and Crop Productivity Improvements, presented by Suhas Vyavhare, Extension cotton entomologist, and Sangu Angadi, crop physiologist, ASC Clovis
10 a.m. – Sustainable Silage Corn Production, Soil and Water Conservation, presented by Sultan Begna, researcher, ASC Clovis
10:20 a.m. – Soil Health Responses of Cover Crops and Forage Production Systems, presented by Rajan Ghimire, cropping systems agronomist, ASC Clovis
10:40 a.m. – Winter Forage Crops and Quality Considerations, presented by Mark Marsalis, state forage specialist, ASC Los Lunas
11 a.m. – Demonstration of Soil Moisture and Soil Respiration Monitoring in the Field, presented by Ghimire and Abdelaziz Nilahyane, post-doctoral associate.

For more information, contact Ghimire (rghimire@nmsu.edu) or Begna (sbegna@nmsu.edu). If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, contact Mesbah in advance at 575-985-2292 or clovis@nmsu.edu.