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Gardening and Agriculture Showcased Aug. 3 in Los Lunas

LAS CRUCES -- Home gardeners and agricultural producers will see the latest research in vegetable gardening, field corn production, alfalfa insects and tree transplant stress Aug. 3 in Los Lunas.

New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas is hosting a field day from 8 a.m. to noon. Scientists from NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service will discuss a variety of topics including drip irrigation, tractor maintenance and native grasses.

"One interesting presentation will be about water conservation in vegetable crops," said Mike English, superintendent at the center. "George Dickerson, Extension horticulturist, will show his successful methods of growing vegetables using black plastic mulch and water-absorbing gel in the soil."

Demonstrations on edible soybeans, herb-flavored vinegars and cut flower arrangements will round out the day's events.

The field day is free and open to the public. To get to the center, travel 2.9 miles south of Blake's Lota Burger on N.M. Highway 314, turn west on Miller Road and travel 0.9 miles. For more information about the field day, contact English at (505) 865-7340, or your local county Extension agent.