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NMSU Onion Field Day Features 51 Entries

LAS CRUCES ­ An onion field day on June 13 at New Mexico State University will spotlight results of fall-seeded, spring-transplanted and spring-seeded variety trials. The half-day program will feature 51 varieties from NMSU and commercial seed companies, said Chris Cramer, NMSU onion breeder.

The field day is free and open to the public, but presentations are targeted for onion growers. "We're conducting unbiased trials here, and growers can see unbiased results," Cramer said. "They can see what grows best in our area."

Along with the experimental NMSU varieties, Cramer said commercial seed companies will submit experimental lines that have not been formally released to gauge growers' reactions.

"Sometimes the seed companies use the information they get from our results to decide whether to develop something they're working on," Cramer said. "This way, they can compare them with varieties that are currently being marketed commercially."

Potential open-pollinated lines for release, experimental open-pollinated breeding lines and experimental inbred lines will also be on display, he said.

Two fall-seeded varieties released by NMSU earlier this year, 'NuMex Solano' and 'NuMex Crimson,' will also be featured at the Field Day. 'NuMex Crimson' is the first red variety released by the NMSU program. 'NuMex Solano' is a white onion that matures in late June, a time when very few white varieties are harvested.

The field day begins at 9 a.m. and concludes with a lunch sponsored by Lockhart Seeds. The field day will be held at NMSU's Fabian Garcia Research Center on University Avenue, about one-quarter mile west of Main Street. For more information, call Cramer at (505) 646-2657.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the field day, please contact Cramer in advance.