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Quay County Extension to host wheat production workshop

TUCUMCARI, N.M. - Dryland wheat production for grain is one of the top agricultural activities in eastern New Mexico. Producers, though, are facing a dry growing season ahead. New Mexico State University's Quay County Cooperative Extension Service is offering a spring wheat production workshop where farmers can talk with experts about the outlook for the wheat market and learn which varieties grow best in the area.

The free workshop starts at 8:30 a.m. May 13 at the Forrest Fire Station.

"The main attraction of this workshop is that producers can review and compare the different wheat varieties," said Tom Dominguez, Quay County agricultural Extension agent. "Different varieties of wheat grow well in different areas. Each year we hold this workshop, producers can see how the different varieties react to weather and other conditions here."

Last year, growers had an excellent year with rainfall and were able to average 35 to 45 bushels of wheat per acre, Dominguez said. With a lack of rainfall this year so far, producers expect to receive a much smaller return.

At the workshop, Mark Marsalis, Extension agronomist at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, will give participants an update on wheat and sorghum herbicides. He will also discuss variety trial evaluations and selection for dryland wheat production.

Ed Bynum, a Texas AgriLife entomologist, will give information on pest management.

Kody Bessent, with the Texas Wheat Producers Board and Association, will offer an outlook on the current wheat market.

Depending on weather and the condition of the wheat crop, participants may get a chance to view a demonstration plot near the Forrest Fire Station. The workshop is expected to last until noon.

Three pesticide applicator general continuing education units will be offered through the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

For more information about the workshop, call the Quay County Extension Office at 575-461-0562.