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Expect a warm reception at chile seminar

New Mexico State University, long known for its ties to the chile industry, will host a seminar titled "Growth, Development and Nutrient Uptake Patterns for Chile." The seminar will be June 21 from 9 to 10 a.m. in Gerald Thomas Hall, room 297.

Jeff Silvertooth, an agronomist and department head for the University of Arizona's Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences Department, will present current research on water consumption and nutrient uptake by chile peppers at different growth stages. This information is key to developing efficient and systematic methods to optimize the yield and quality of chile crops.

"Dr. Silvertooth is recognized around the world for his work with cotton," said Stephanie Walker, NMSU Extension vegetable specialist. "We're pleased that he's spent the last several years applying his knowledge and experience to the study of chile. During his seminar, he'll present results that correlate the developmental stage of chile with the nutrient and water uptake by the crop."

This event is sponsored by the New Mexico Chile Association and the NMSU Extension Plant Sciences Department. It is part of NMSU's continuing outreach efforts to help educate and improve the lives of those across New Mexico. Those interested in attending should contact Mary Curtis at (505) 646-1715 or marcurti@nmsu.edu as soon as possible.