09-06-08: Calendar

Today: 5 p.m., Tucumcari Farmers’ Market, Wailes Park on Route 66 Blvd. at Date Street. Call 461-0562.Monday: 9 a.m., regular meeting, Quay County Commission, Commission Chambers, Quay County Courthouse, 300 S. Third St. Call 461-2112.Monday: 11:30 a.m., monthly meeting of NARFE, National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Denny’s Restaurant, 3404 E Route 66 Blvd.

Judge’s order limiting CRP land riles farmers

By Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — Eastern New Mexico farmers may be out thousands of dollars after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction to halt cattle grazing on federally protected land on their property, according to a press release from Rep. Steve Pearce, R–N.M. U.S. District Judge John Coughenour granted a 10-day temporary restraining […]

Sweep helps protect No. 1 cash crop

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Chelle Delaney A sweep net may be one of the farmers’ best tools to protect and improve alfalfa crop yields, said Mark Muegge, entomologist specialist from the Texas Cooperative Extension office based in Fort Stockton. Muegge demonstrated how to sweep sample insects from an alfalfa test field Friday at the Pest Scout School at the […]

Longtime NRCS employee retires

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun When district conservationist Mike Delano began working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Roy, there was just one contract on land to be placed in a government conservation program, he said. That was April 1988. Three years later, there were 26 contracts, said Delano. Each contract had a […]

Will the market get cornered?

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun President Bush said in his State of the Union address, “We must continue investing in new methods of producing ethanol, using everything from wood chips, to grasses, to agricultural wastes.” Bush did not mention the primary product the United States uses to produce ethanol, that is “”corn” or “maize.” […]

Farmers market opens Saturday

QCS Staff Ready for some fresh home-grown produce? Tucumcari’s Farmers Market opens on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Wailes Park at Tucumcari Boulevard and Date Street. “We usually start out with four or five vendors. We have a total list of 17 vendors,” said Bobbie DeFoor, who has been involved with the market for about […]

Drought takes its tolls on wheat crops

By Chelle Delaney The hard red winter wheat that Quay and neighboring counties are known for growing has been one of the slimmest crops since the 1950s, said Johnny Beevers, manager of the Melrose Grain and Elevator Co., Inc. “Last year, which was a good year, we had 40 million pounds. This year we’ve got […]

Officials happy, but not optimistic, about recent rain

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Farmers and firefighters throughout Tucumcari were more than happy to start Thursday morning by greeting the rainfall. However, they’re not optimistic to get many more visits throughout the spring and summer months. Thursday gave Tucumcari .07 inches of rain, an amount that was only visible in puddles by late […]

Act restriction better late than never

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist That huge gasp, clutching at the chest, and cracking of a big smile that was heard across the US of A this fall was farmers and ranchers reading the headline, “U.S. House of Representatives Pass Bill to Restrict Endangered Species Act!” Even though we know the Senate may not sign […]

8/3 Community Notes

Tucumcari police patrol traffic safety The Tucumcari Police Department will be conducting speed enforcement patrols Sunday through Aug. 14, as well as Aug. 21, 22, and 27-31 at all times of the day, according to Police Chief Larry Ham. During these times, officers will be out enforcing DWI laws. The First Street construction zone will […]