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NMSU to host workshop at Abiquiu on controlling unwanted trees

ABIQUIU ? Elm, willow and Russian olive trees sprouting along the acequias, streams and fence line can have a negative impact on the profitability of a farm.


New Mexico State University?s Rio Arriba County Cooperative Extension Service will host a workshop on controlling these trees when they are sprouts, before they become full-grown bushes or trees.

The workshop will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Rio Arriba CES office, State Road 554, House #122-A, in Abiquiu.

?Along our acequias and streams, we are seeing an encroachment of willows, elms and Russian olive,? said Donald Martinez, Rio Arriba Extension agricultural agent. ?We, as a community, need to learn more about safe practices and treatments to secure good water flow. Plus ,with proper care, we can help forages and hay in our fields.?

Clay Guck, of Helena Chemicals-New Mexico Specialty in Albuquerque, will demonstrate controlling the trees with herbicide using hand-held or backpack sprayers during a field demonstration at Jack Trujillo?s farm, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

To register, call Donald Martinez at 505-685-4523.