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NMSU Extension service to host drought management workshop in Portales

PORTALES, N.M. - New Mexico State University's Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Service is offering a free drought management workshop in Portales Aug. 15 to help area producers make smart decisions in a dire drought situation.


"We are facing quite a severe drought," said Patrick Kircher, agricultural Extension agent for Roosevelt County. "We have producers who are having to liquidate their cow herds. No summer crops are being raised and there is concern that with no moisture, there will be no fall crops, which could become extremely critical this fall in terms of the availability of feed."

NMSU and Extension specialists at the workshop will give attendees a "toolbox" of useful information and tips so that producers facing drought challenges will have all the facts about the situation before making crucial decisions, Kircher said.

At the workshop, Nick Ashcroft, a range specialist with NMSU's Extension service, will discuss monitoring range health now and in the future. He will also give an immediate and long-range look at the drought.

Mark Marsalis, an agronomist with the Extension service, will lead attendees in evaluating crop options for the fall and will look at planning ahead for planting next year.

Ted McCollum, a beef cattle specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension, will discuss cow and calf management, feeding strategies and liquidation considerations during the drought and after it ends.

There will be time during the session for attendees to ask questions of the specialists and talk with fellow producers.

The workshop will be from 1:30-4 p.m. and will be held in the McAlister Room at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. For more information, or to request disability-related auxiliary aid or service, contact Kircher or the Roosevelt County Extension Office at 575-356-4417.