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NMSU Clovis Science Center field day set for Aug. 7

CLOVIS - The annual field day for New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Clovis Aug. 7 will highlight both crop research and dairy production relating to New Mexico.

Mark Marsalis, Extension agronomist at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, speaks to participants at last year's field day at the center. The Clovis center's 2007 field day is Tuesday, Aug. 7. (NMSU Agricultural Communications photo by Darrell J. Pehr)

The program will include a rolling tour of the many crop research projects being conducted at the center, followed by breakout sessions to highlight specific research and Cooperative Extension Service programs related to irrigation efficiency, alternative cropping systems and dairy production.

The newly installed, six-acre subsurface drip irrigation demonstration project will be showcased by Mark Marsalis, Extension agronomist, and attendees will have opportunities to learn about and ask questions concerning drip installation and practicality.

"This year's program focuses on irrigation efficiency and potential ways to improve and prolong the existence of agriculture on the eastern side of the state," Marsalis said. "Our goal is to get producers to think outside the box so that they will be able to adapt to the inevitable certainty of restricted water-use operations and reduced well capacities."

Sangu Angadi, crop stress physiologist, will present information on the various short-duration crops that he has been researching for best-fits into cropping systems in the region.

Victor Cabrera will present ongoing research and Extension projects of the Dairy Extension Team and how these efforts are beneficial to New Mexico producers.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to share and receive feedback from dairy producers regarding the NMSU Dairy Extension Program," Cabrera said.

Speakers will include NMSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics Dean Lowell B. Catlett, who will address attendees during lunch.

The field day is free to all and registration will begin at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. The science center is located 13 miles north of Clovis on State Road 288.

"The center's research and Extension program have been expanding over the past few years," said Rex Kirksey, superintendent at the Clovis science center. "We have outstanding staff who conduct a broad range of projects. We host an annual Field Day to showcase the center's activities and express our appreciation to our legislators and the local community for their continued support."

For more than half a century, research at the Agricultural Science Center at Clovis has helped agricultural producers in eastern New Mexico increase profitability. The 164-acre center lies in the heart of the largest crop production area in New Mexico and is centrally located in the state's busiest dairy production region.

For more information about the field day, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, contact Marsalis in advance at (505) 985-2292 or marsalis@nmsu.edu.