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NMSU's Artesia science center field day to highlight diverse research projects

ARTESIA, N.M. - For more than half a century, New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia has offered advice and up-to-date information on the latest technology to help area producers be successful in their craft. The science center will continue this tradition Aug. 10 at its biannual field day.

Robert Flynn, interim superintendent at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia, examines cotton crops at the science center. This and many other topics are on the agenda for the center's biannual field day Aug. 10. (NMSU photo by Jesse Ramirez)

"This year, we are highlighting 55 years of service to southeast New Mexico," said Robert Flynn, interim superintendent of the Artesia science center. "Agriculture is a diverse industry in our part of the world. It is an entrepreneurial endeavor to earn a living without going broke. At this field day, we are showcasing exciting advances we have made in the research we are conducting at the science center."

This field day features diverse topics, such as a new variety of cotton and advancements in turning algae into biofuel.

The Artesia science center serves as the location for research done by a Carlsbad company to harvest and extract oil from both brine and fresh water algae so the oil can be used as feedstock for biodiesel production. Many departments within NMSU are also conducting their own research on the algae at the center.

Doug Lynn, executive director for the Center of Excellence for Hazardous Materials Management, will discuss the advances they have made in their research and how close they are to being ready for a commercial demonstration.

John Idowu, Extension agronomist, will talk to attendees about a new variety of cotton whose seed could open up new markets in the world of animal feed.

Mark Marsalis, an NMSU agronomist, will talk about the effects of plant density on forage corn quality.
Charlene Carr, a graduate research assistant in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, will discuss if the application of boron to chile does any good to the crop.

Jane Breen Pierce, Extension entomologist, will discuss the many-legged critters, such as ladybugs and spiders, that producers have to deal with in maintaining healthy crops.

Francisco Contreras, an agronomist at the science center, will provide information about drilling for oil in seeds, as well the density and quality of corn silage.

David Thompson, the new associate dean and director of NMSU's Agricultural Experiment Station, will provide remarks prior to the field tour.

Registration for the field day begins at 4 p.m. Information booths for the trade show will be set up for people to browse through at this time. Dinner is at 4:30 p.m.

During the field day, the Southeastern New Mexico Agricultural Research Association will hold its biennial meeting. The public is invited to attend this meeting at 5 p.m.

An introduction to what is happening at the science center starts at 5:30 p.m., with the field tours beginning at 6 p.m.

Anyone with questions about the field day or wanting more information about the event should contact Flynn at 575-748-1228 or rflynn@nmsu.edu.