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Green energy is hot topic at NMSU's Clovis Field Day

CLOVIS, N.M. - Green energy and the problems growers face with weeds will be topics of interest at the annual Clovis Field Day this month.


The field day is scheduled for Aug. 28 at the Agricultural Science Center at Clovis.

"The event is designed to not only help producers become more productive and efficient through education, but to also inform community citizens not familiar with regional agricultural practices of some of the current issues we are facing in today's challenging agricultural climate," said Mark Marsalis, extension agronomist at the Agricultural Science Center at Clovis.

At the field day, Marsalis and Sangu Angadi, a New Mexico State University crop stress physiologist, will discuss projects related to water efficient biodiesel and ethanol crops. Current projects at the agricultural science center are addressing the feasibility of fuel production from crops.

"The extent to which this area of the U.S. will contribute to the national effort to produce large amounts of biofuels is still uncertain. Current projects at the station are addressing the feasibility of fuel production from crops," Marsalis said.

Stan Jones, Curry County agricultural agent, and Rachel Armstrong, a district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will present information on the newly implemented Cooperative Weed Management Area Project in Curry County.

"This project shows promise of reducing several of the noxious weeds in our area and is a major step forward in weed control efforts on roadways and farmland," Marsalis said.

This discussion will be followed up by Jamshid Ashigh, extension weed specialist, who will talk about some of the more common noxious weeds growers deal with in eastern New Mexico and how to control them.

"The large presence of the dairy industry in the region demands more water-use efficient silage cropping systems to feed large quantities (of) cows with declining resources," Marsalis said.

Sultan Begna, a research specialist with NMSU, will discuss sorghum and legume intercropping systems aimed at providing high-quality feed while utilizing fewer resources. Marsalis also will discuss the pros and cons of corn and sorghum silage production under limited water conditions.

Other presentations include Naveen Puppala, an NMSU peanut breeder, who will give an update on his peanut research program; Robert Hagevoort, an extension dairy specialist, who will give an update on the dairy extension/research program; and Jerry Hawkes, an agricultural economist, who will discuss the cost of crop production and marketing strategies.

NMSU Interim President Waded Cruzado will be the featured guest speaker.

Registration for the field day starts at 8:30 a.m. with the introduction starting at 9:15 a.m. The field tours begin at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon.

Immediately following the field day, a canola production workshop will be conducted by Angadi and Calvin Trostle, a Texas Agrilife extension agronomist.

A map to the science center can be accessed at http://clovissc.nmsu.edu.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, contact Mark Marsalis in advance at (575) 985-2292 or marsalis@nmsu.edu.