NMSU Tucumcari Science Center field day set for Aug. 1

Crops, climate, turfgrass and dairy will be the themes of an Aug. 1 field day at New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari.

“The primary goal of the field day is to increase the community’s awareness of the center and its activities, and to highlight the broad range of projects with which we are involved,” said Rex E. Kirksey, superintendent of the Agricultural Science Centers at Clovis and Tucumcari. “The Tucumcari center has an annual field day, as requested by our local advisory committee.”

The free program begins with registration at 5 p.m. at NMSU’s 464-acre Tucumcari science center, located 3 miles northeast of Tucumcari on U.S. 54. Dinner will be served at 5:15 p.m., followed by a dinner program starting at 5:45.

The program will open with remarks by Steve Loring, assistant director of NMSU’s Agricultural Experiment Station. Victor Cabrera, a Clovis-based dairy specialist for NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service, will give an update on New Mexico’s dairy industry, and Robert Hagevoort, also a Clovis-based Extension dairy specialist, will outline collaborative opportunities for dairy and beef cattle producers.

Deborah Bathke, assistant state climatologist in Las Cruces for NMSU, will talk about the state’s climate outlook and the rain gauge network.

A hay wagon tour follows at 6:30 p.m., with an update on turfgrasses for low-water use situations by Extension turfgrass specialist Bernd Leinauer. Sangu Angadi, a Clovis-based crop physiologist for NMSU, will outline ultra-short season annual crops. Jinfa Zhang, an assistant professor in NMSU’s Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, will give an update on cotton varieties, and Leonard Lauriault, a Tucumcari-based associate professor and forage agronomist for NMSU, will talk about Roundup-ready alfalfa.

Refreshments will follow at 8:30.

The Tucumcari center, established in 1912, has a rich agricultural history and is NMSU’s oldest off-campus research facility. The center was originally one of 30 dryland field stations run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the West. Past research has included irrigated pasture studies, evaluation of trees and shrubs for windbreaks, and dryland and irrigated crop variety trials.

For more information about the field day, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, contact Kirksey in advance at (505) 461-1620 or e-mail [email protected]

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