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NMSU Extension agents to host corn production workshop in Roswell

Many producers grow corn for silage to feed farm and dairy animals. To help growers maximize the production of their corn crop, New Mexico State University's Chaves County Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a free workshop Nov. 17 in Roswell on topics ranging from weed control to pest management.



The goal of the workshop Nov. 17 is to give growers tips on how to maximize the production of their corn crops. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

"Corn is a very important crop in Chaves County due to the dairy producers we have here," said Sandra Barraza, Extension agricultural agent. "We do have a lot of acres of corn during the summer that our producers use for silage."

During the workshop, specialists from NMSU will discuss various aspects of corn production including weed control, diseases and pest management, soil tillage and fertility, and corn silage management.

Speakers at the workshop include Mark Marsalis, Extension agronomy specialist; Jamshid Ashigh, Extension weed specialist; Robert Flynn, an agronomist at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia; John Idowu, Extension agronomist; Natalie Goldberg, Extension plant pathologist; Jason French, NMSU plant diagnostic clinician; Jane Breen Pierce, Extension entomologist; Francisco Contreras-Govea, assistant professor of agronomy; and Kulbhushan Grover, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences.

Participants can earn two pesticide Continuing Education Units by attending the workshop.

Barraza said the goal of this workshop is to cover a wide range of topics in order to meet everyone's needs.

"Corn is such a main crop in this county," she said. "We are really starting from the ground up for the participants. We are trying to cover the whole nine yards to help farmers maximize their production."

Registration for the workshop will start at 8:30 a.m. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chaves County Farm and Livestock Bureau Building at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. A free lunch will be provided to participants, courtesy of the Chaves County Farm and Livestock Bureau.

Time will be set aside during the program for farmers to ask questions or offer information they would like to share with other producers.

Barraza asked that people interested in attending make reservations by Nov. 12 so she can prepare appropriately.

To make a reservation or for more information, contact Barraza at 575-622-3210, Idowu at 575-646-2571 or Woods Houghton, agricultural agent for the Eddy County Extension Service at 575-887-6595.