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NMSU's Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center Invites Public to Annual Field Day

LOS LUNAS - New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas will host a free, public field day on Thursday, Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The science center will offer hayride tours of the 202-acre facility, highlighting numerous research projects underway. The tours will include talks and demonstrations about tree planting, cottonwood pole plantings, weed control, native plants, alfalfa plots, cover crops, use of native grasses, biting flies and more.

"The goal of the field day is to draw on our research at the science center to educate and empower people with knowledge about new things in agriculture that relate to their everyday lives," said Mike English, Los Lunas superintendent. "Whether it be learning about the control of insects and weeds, or about tree planting, it's a good educational opportunity for the public."

The center will offer special outdoor presentations on tractor maintenance and on protecting water quality. Indoor presentations will include heartworms and pet care, using locally-grown vegetables and making flavored vinegars.

The tours and presentations will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, when the center will serve a free lunch to visitors. Afterward, leaders from NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will speak, including Jerry G. Schickedanz, dean and chief administrative officer.

A plant clinic will be open throughout the day. Visitors are encouraged to bring plants, plant disease problems and insects for identification and recommendations from NMSU experts. Dozens of trained master gardeners will also be on hand to answer questions.

"This is a chance for the public to visit with experts and get their questions answered," English says. "But it's also an opportunity to just spend a fun day out in the field, see the farm and get acquainted with NMSU research."

For more information, call the science center at (505) 865-7340.