Science field day is Aug. 1

Special to the QCS
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,” Kirksey said.
The free program begins with registration at 5 p.m. at NMSU’s science center, three 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 p.m..
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 UNMSU’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.

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, call Kirksey in advance at (505) 461-1620 or e-mail
Story provided by NMSU.