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NMSU Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde to host field day

ALCALDE, N.M. ? What?s the latest information on the research being conducted at New Mexico State University?s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde? Find out at the science center?s field day, Wednesday, Aug. 13.

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NMSU Extension fruit specialist Shengrui Yao will share the latest information about her jujube fruit tree research at NMSU?s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde during the science center?s field day on Aug. 13 (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

The NMSU agricultural science center, located at 371 County Road 40 in Alcalde, is dedicated to research that will benefit small family farms in north-central New Mexico.

?Visitors will be able to participate in walking tours in the morning to view research and demonstrations on tree fruit, grapes, berries, lavender, chile and other vegetables, hoophouse crop production, acequia hydrology, and linkages between livestock raising and acequia farming,? said Steve Guldan, superintendent of the center.

Ongoing research projects at the center include jujube fruit trees, blue corn adaption to Southwest environments and growing winter greens in high tunnels or hoop houses.

Visitors will receive an update on the acequia hydrology research. Presentations will be given on traceability training for direct marketing.

Exhibits by various organizations and programs will be on display during the day. There will also be an insect identification/information booth provided by the NMSU state entomologist, Carol Sutherland.

Bindweed mites will be available to farmers or gardeners who bring a small paper bag and a cooler with ice.

Registration for the free event begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by the opening program. Lunch will be provided.

The Alcalde staff requests that visitors not bring dogs onto the farm property unless they are assistance dogs. For more information or directions to the Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Acalde, contact Guldan at sguldan@nmsu.edu or 505-852-4241.