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Onion field day to focus on breeding and research at NMSU

The New Mexico State University Departments of Extension Plant Sciences and Plant and Environmental Sciences will host the 2007 Onion Field Day May 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Field tours and updates on NMSU's onion breeding and research programs will be the focus of the event.

The field day will take place from 8 to noon at the Fabian Garcia Research Center. Afternoon tours of the Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center will be from 1:45 to 3 p.m.

"The onion field day is an opportunity for producers to view the latest onion varieties, as well as discuss research priorities with NMSU scientists," said Stephanie Walker, NMSU extension vegetable specialist. "With the guidance and support of the New Mexico Dry Onion Commission, the NMSU onion breeding program has developed numerous onion varieties with improved yield, disease resistance and quality attributes."

Presentations during the field day will include updates on onion diseases, chemical use, organic production and water use.

The Fabian Garcia Research Center is located on University Avenue one quarter mile west of Main Street past the railroad tracks. Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center is located at 7200 Plant Science Circle. For information on registration and to RSVP for lunch, contact Mary Curtis at (505) 646-1715 or marcurti@nmsu.edu. Lunch is sponsored by Logan Zenner Seed Co. This event is part of NMSU's continuing outreach efforts to help educate and improve the lives of citizens in our community and around the state.