NMSU Field Day set for Aug. 6

QCS Staff

Courtesy photo Leonard Lauriault on the grounds of NMSU's Agricultural Research Center in Tucumcari.

Courtesy photo
Leonard Lauriault on the grounds of NMSU’s Agricultural Research Center in Tucumcari.

New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari will host its annual Field Day Aug. 6. Jeff Witte, New Mexico secretary of agriculture and director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, will be featured speaker.

Leonard Lauriault, superintendent of the science center, said the field day aims to give the community information about the center’s ongoing research projects

“Some of the information will be immediately applicable to help local producers in their operation,” Lauriault said. “Other information lets them know that we are working on some of the problems they or their neighbors are facing.”

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the 102-year-old science center followed by registration at 5:30 p.m. Barbecue dinner will be provided at 6 p.m., and at 6:45 p.m. attendees will ride the hay wagon to tour the science center. The event will end at 9 p.m. with refreshments.

“All of our research is currently being irrigated with treated wastewater,” Lauriault said. “The hay wagon tour will go past an area being developed for a summer grazing project. After that, we will go into another field also irrigated with treated wastewater to hear about a research project directly related to the use of treated wastewater for irrigation and another project about breeding to improve blue corn as a human food crop.”

Experts from New Mexico State University will also make presentations.

• Eric Scholljegerdes of NMSU’s Animal and Range Sciences Department will discuss the use of annual forages as winter feed for growing heifers.

• Tom Dominguez of the Quay County Cooperative Extension Service will give an update on listing the lesser prairie chicken as threatened or endangered.

• Brian Schutte of the Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science Department will talk about weed shifts with wastewater irrigation.

• Amol Nankar, a graduate student in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, will report on a blue corn breeding program.

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