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Cotton, alfalfa major topics at biannual Artesia Field Day

New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia will host its biannual Field Day Sept. 19, featuring an array of activities, topics and NMSU experts.s

Man checks cotton plant.
Drew Garnett, graduate student and research assistant in agricultural biology, checks a cotton plant for beet armyworm damage in a research plot at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia. He spent the summer working with Jane Pierce, Extension entomologist at the science center. The research will help determine the level of impact insect pests have on the productivity of glandless cotton grown in New Mexico. (submitted photo)

"The Field Day will include a small trade show with information from various commercial companies and various research projects," said Keith Duncan, interim superintendent of the Artesia Science Center.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with key speaker David Thompson, director of NMSU's Agricultural Experiment Station. He will speak about upcoming plans for the experiment station and discuss the budget.

"We will present the most current research information concerning a number of crops, most notably advances in cotton and alfalfa research including the development of new varieties," Duncan said.

Ian Ray, NMSU professor of Plant and Environmental Sciences, will speak on developing new alfalfa varieties and Robert Flynn, of Extension Plant Sciences, will review new uses for alfalfa and cottonseed. Also, Jane Pierce, Extension entomologist at the Artesia Science Center, will speak about the potential of glandless cotton.

Other research crops at the science center include rosemary, pecans, sorghum and corn.

A 6 p.m. tour of the facilities will follow dinner and the Southwestern New Mexico Agricultural Research Association biennial meeting. SENMARA is a non-profit corporation, which works with NMSU and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences to improve farming and livestock production for Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties.

Also, the board of advisers will hold its election for new officers.

"The Field Day will also include a small trade show with information from various commercial companies and various research projects," Duncan added. "The Field Day is open to the public and all people interested in agriculture are invited to attend."