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Onion field day at NMSU's Leyendecker farm to focus on research, pest control

Controlling iris yellow spot virus, pesticide use, and interseeding cover crops and onions will be the focus of this year's onion field day at New Mexico State University's Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center Wednesday, July 21.

Chris Cramer, professor in the plant and environmental sciences department at New Mexico State University, checks the condition of a flowering short-day onion variety. Cramer's research on onion germplasm and resistance and tolerance to iris yellow spot virus will be among the topics spotlighted at this year's onion field day, Wednesday, July 21, at New Mexico State University's Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center located south of the NMSU campus. (Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

In addition to focusing on those three areas of interest to onion producers and researchers, there will also be a tour of onion research plots at the Leyendecker farm.

"The field day will highlight research on interseeding cover crops and onions to increase water retention; using different insecticides for pest control; and research evaluating onion germplasm for resistance or tolerance to iris yellow spot virus," said Chris Cramer, professor, plant and environmental sciences, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Registration for the onion field day, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 8 a.m. at the Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center's main building. Welcome and introductions will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a presentation and field tours of research plots.

The onion field day is sponsored by NMSU's Extension Plant Sciences Department and the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department.

A flyer with a map and directions to the Leyendecker farm is available at http://leyendeckersc.nmsu.edu/documents/onion-field-day-card.pdf. For more information about the onion field day, contact Stephanie Walker at 575-646-4398, swalker@nmsu.edu; or Mary Curtis at 575-646-1715.