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NMSU workshop brings pecan growers together in Southeastern New Mexico

ARTESIA - Pecan production is big business in Southeastern New Mexico, where annual cash receipts have increased to almost $20 million a year, and are still growing. In Eddy County alone, income from pecans doubled in just two years, increasing from more than $5 million in 2003 to more than $10 million in 2005.



New Mexico State University Extension specialist Richard Heerema gives a presentation in April at a pecan workshop in Otero County. A pecan orchard management workshop is set for Thursday, May 31, for Southeastern New Mexico pecan producers. Participants will meet at the Eddy County Fairgrounds before boarding a bus with Heerema and other NMSU experts for a tour of area orchards. (NMSU Agricultural Communications photo by Darrell J. Pehr)

y, New Mexico became the largest producer of pecans in the nation.
Experts from New Mexico State University will bring the latest research-based knowledge about pecans to growers during a regional pecan orchard management workshop Thursday, May 31, in northern Eddy County.
Growers from across Eddy, Chaves and Lea counties are invited to join the free workshop, which will start at 9 a.m. at the Eddy County Fairgrounds, south of Artesia. Participants will board a bus with NMSU experts for a tour of area orchards, where they'll discuss water management, weed control, pest management, fertilization, and pruning and training. The workshop is being organized by NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the New Mexico Pecan Growers Association.
"Our main effort in Extension is to get information out to the public," said John White, program director at the Doņa Ana County Extension Office, who will discuss pruning and training practices at the workshop. "We would really like to encourage small acreage producers to come."
Other experts at the workshop will be Extension pecan specialist Richard Heerema, NMSU research entomologist Brad Lewis and Extension agronomist Robert Flynn of NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia.
The tour will be followed at noon by a hosted lunch.
Those who plan to attend the workshop are asked to pre-register so plans for transportation and lunch can be made. Contact the Eddy County Extension office at (505) 887-6595 or the Doņa Ana County Extension office at (505) 525-6649.
The workshop is part of NMSU's continuing outreach efforts to help educate and improve the lives of people in New Mexico. NMSU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator.