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NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Clovis field day to feature U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, various crop-related topicsNew Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis will host its annual field day Aug. 9.

  • By Kristie Garcia
People riding on a trailer in a crop field.
From peanuts to sugar cane, and from soil to weeds, there will be plenty to learn at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis Field Day Aug. 9. After a morning of agricultural tours and presentations, the lunchtime keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce. The field day kicks off with registration and refreshments at 8 a.m., followed by a welcome address by Abdel Mesbah, superintendent at the science center. Steve Loring, associate director of the NMSU Agricultural Experiment Station, will then provide an update on the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Mesbah said the field day is about sharing research outcomes to benefit the farming community. “The purpose of this free event is to bring producers and researchers together to visit and interact with each other and share ideas and opinions about different cultural practices,” Mesbah said. “This is the perfect opportunity for producers to ask questions and get answers in a one-on-one setting.” A trolley tour of the fields will begin at approximately 9 a.m. The following topics will be discussed: – Circular perennial grass buffer strips (Sangu Angadi, crop physiologist, NMSU) – Sugar cane aphid management (Jane Pierce, entomologist, NMSU) – Weed resistance management (Leslie Beck, Extension weed specialist, NMSU) – Cover crops for soil health and resilience (Rajan Ghimire, cropping system specialist, NMSU) – Strategies for economical conservation of irrigation water in the Great Plains (Chuck West, forage specialist, Texas Tech University) – Peanut root studies (Naveen Puppala, peanut breeder, NMSU) – Dairy and forage nutrition under limited water conditions (Jay Thurman, Dairy Nutrition and Management Consulting LLC) – Soil and water conservation in forage corn production system (Sultan Begna, research scientist, NMSU) Lunch will be provided at noon courtesy of local sponsors. For more information, please call 575-985-2292 or visit