NMSU researchers eye low-moisture crops

Audry Olmstead For the better part of the last decade, farmers in eastern New Mexico have had to plan for their summer growing season without knowing how much water – if any – will be available for irrigation, due to severe water limitations. To help farmers make smart decisions about their crops before planting, researchers […]

Hay meant for horses, not serpents

Baxter Black In the southwest the price of hay can be daunting to horse owners. I keep our ranch horses up in the corral. When hay gets above $10.00 a bale, I actually weigh each feeding! Clyde has a little band of broodmares on his southern California operation. His place is sandwiched by irrigated alfalfa […]

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.

Firefighters fighting grass and hay fire north of Tucumcari

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By QCS Staff Dozens of firefighters responded early this afternoon to a grass and hay fire on State Highway 104 north of Tucumcari. The fire followed a fence line and was confined to two storage areas for hay at a residence about 4 miles north of

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 […]

Hay ignites in trailer while on the road

By Baxter Black: On the Edge of Common Sense Jessie Winchester wrote a song called “Mississippi on my Mind.” It contained the line, “Where the dogs are hungry all the time.” The same can be said about team-roping steers. They’re bred to stay thin and rarely are they overfed. Shannon had a little arena and […]