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NMSU and Texas Extension Team Up for Soil and Water Salinity Workshop

LAS CRUCES - Farmers from West Texas and Southern New Mexico are invited to attend a free workshop to learn more about salinity in soil and irrigation water on Sept. 4 in El Paso, Texas. The half-day workshop, titled "The Effects of Soil and Water Salinity in Crop Production," is sponsored by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service and Texas Cooperative Extension.

"Crop producers who use irrigation water will especially benefit from this workshop because over time irrigation water will cause some salinity and sodicity problems in the soil," said Denise McWilliams, NMSU Extension agronomist and co-chair of the program.

She will lead a workshop session on selecting fertilizers for soil with a high salt content.

Soil scientist Robert Flynn with NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia will show participants how to test soil to determine if a salinity problem exists and what to do if a salinity problem is detected.

Other session topics will cover alleviating salinity problems on irrigated land, and management and timing of irrigation to minimize salt effects on the crops.

"We'll also discuss the chemistry of salinity in the soil because certain crops, like cotton, are more tolerant of salinity than others, like chile," McWilliams said.

The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. and will be held at the Texas A&M Research Center, 1380 A&M Circle, Americas Ave. at Interstate #10 in El Paso, Texas.

Continuing education units will be offered to those with a certified crop adviser's license.

For more information on the workshop, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the workshop, please contact Texas Cooperative Extension at (915) 859-7725 or McWilliams at (505) 646-3455.