Press release: NMSU to host hay, forage conference

Audry Olmstead Alfalfa is New Mexico’s No. 1 cash crop and the annual Southwest Hay & Forage Conference allows producers to come together to learn more about how to better manage this valuable commodity. Highlights at this year’s conference, Jan. 13-14 in Ruidoso, include pest control, resource-use efficiency and maximization of inputs.

Researchers at Tucumcari science center look at irrigation termination for alfalfa

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By Audry Olmsted, Special to QCS In a time when sustainability is on the minds of many, farmers are wondering if they will have enough water to properly care for their crops. With that in mind, researchers at New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari are working on an alfalfa project to see […]

Pest Scout School set for Friday

The Alfalfa/Forage Pests Scout School is 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the NMSU Agricultural Science Center in Tucumcari. Guest speakers are

Agricultural Science Center examines drought resistant forage

By QCS Staff A growing dairy industry in the Southern High Plains and the Rio Grande and Pecos River valleys brings with it increased demands for forage crops that provide feed for dairy cattle. But drought conditions, declining aquifers, urban growth and other factors can limit the amount of water available for irrigation of alfalfa […]

Hay cutting begins

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun – Some area farmers say rains have hindered crop. Quay County alfalfa hay farmers began cutting recently, with results varying widely. Donald Carter, who farms about 120 acres of alfalfa 23 miles west of Tucumcari, said he had no luck at all with his alfalfa. He wound up shredding […]