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NMSU to host field day at its Agricultural Science Center at Farmington

FARMINGTON ? New Mexico State University?s Agricultural Science Center at Farmington is raising everything from alfalfa, canola and corn, to hops, grapes and medicinal herbs to help producers see what variety will grow in the Four Corners Region.

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New Mexico State University crop physiologist Sangu Angadi talks about canola during an annual field day at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences? Agricultural Science Center at Farmington. This year?s field day tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, at the farm located south of Farmington. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

In addition, the farm demonstrates a variety of sustainability practices, including a new guest house.

?Besides conducting third-party field trials on crops and herbicides, there is a wide variety of research being conducted on alternative crops for the Four Corners region,? said Rick Arnold, NMSU professor and superintendent of the science center.

The public is invited to visit the farm to learn about the research during its field day Friday, July 25, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon to conclude the event.

In addition to field crops, the Farmington facility has two demonstration gardens that feature research on drip irrigation of xeriscape native plant gardens.

?The conservation of water is critical for our climate that averages eight inches of rain a year,? Arnold said.

A new addition to the science center is an energy-efficient two-room house that is a collaborative project with San Juan College?s building trades program in Farmington.

?One of our goals here is to demonstrate sustainability practices,? said Kevin Lombard, NMSU associate professor stationed at the science center. ?That includes our use of electricity.?

The 14- by 32-foot house replaces a 1970s vintage mobile home to house scientists and graduate students visiting from the Las Cruces main campus.

?San Juan College students built the house under the direction of Blake Barnett, coordinator of the building trades program,? Lombard said. ?The house demonstrates the use of a variety of building techniques and products that gave it an R22 insulation rating. It also demonstrates that having n an energy-efficient home is affordable.?