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Seminar focuses on pecan production in northeastern New Mexico

TUCUMCARI - With the value of the state's pecan crop now surpassing $100 million annually, interest is growing across the state almost as fast as production. One area that shows promise is northeastern New Mexico.

Richard Heerema discusses pecan orchard management during a pecan seminar earlier this year in Otero County. Heerema will be one of the speakers during the Tucumcari Pecan Production Seminar Oct. 4 at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari.

To address that interest, experts from New Mexico State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are teaming up to present a pecan production seminar Thursday, Oct. 4, in Tucumcari.

Set to begin at 10 a.m., the seminar will be in the Great Room in Building "A" at Mesalands Community College.

Speaking at 10 a.m. on "Pecan Varieties for Northeastern New Mexico" will be Tommy Thompson of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service in Brownwood, Texas.

At 11 a.m., Richard Heerema, pecan specialist for NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, will speak on "Fertilizer Requirements for Pecans."

At noon, Heerema will outline "Water Management for Pecans." Lunch will follow at 12:45 p.m.

Terry Crawford, NMSU Extension economist, will discuss "Marketing Your Pecans - Grading, Shows, etc." at 1:30 p.m.

"Pecan Pests & Management" will be presented at 2 p.m. by Brad Lewis, NMSU Extension entomologist specialist. At 2:30 p.m., Heerema will discuss "Pruning Techniques."

The seminar will qualify participants for one NMDA General CEU.

The seminar is part of NMSU's continuing outreach efforts to help educate and improve the lives of people in New Mexico and the region.

For more information, contact Extension agent Thomas Dominguez at the Quay County Extension Service office, (505) 461-0562. If you are in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this seminar, please contact Dominguez at (505) 461-0562.