January 20, 2017
Plant and Environmental Sciences
- ACES New Mexico Climate Center, located in Skeen Hall, installed a networked Davis weather station at East Picacho Elementary School in Las Cruces on January 18, to help teach the students about weather and climate using real time data. The third grade science teachers reached out to NMSU as a class project but the data will be used by all grades at the school. The program is beneficial in giving the students hands on experience with science as well as planting the seed that NMSU is a great place to attend college.
Extension Plant Sciences
The 2017 Southwest Hay & Forage Conference was held January 11-13 in Ruidoso, New Mexico. The annual event is coordinated by the New Mexico Hay Association and NMSU’s Extension Plant Sciences Department. Mark Marsalis, extension forage specialist, serves as the program coordinator of the conference. The conference, which includes a trade show, is intended to address the production and business needs of the hay, silage, and pasture farmers in New Mexico. Forages for livestock occupy the most acreage of any crop in the state, and alfalfa is consistently New Mexico’s #1 cash crop. Attendees for this year’s event included farmers, various agencies, and hay industries. Session topics included alternative forage crops and rotations, using brassicas as an alternative forage, Roundup Ready alfalfa management, hay preservatives and cutting management, workers compensation and safety, cutting costs in a down year, pesticide regulatory update, pasture and range insurance, forage weed label update, no-till forages, insect pests, and new sprayer and planter technologies. Dean Rolando Flores provided the opening keynote address.
The annual New Mexico Cotton Growers Conference was held on January 11, 2017, at the Ruidoso Convention Center. The single-day meeting featured several presentations from university researchers, consultants and representatives of different industries. Information related to cotton economics, cotton agronomy, glandless cotton, control of resistant weeds and variety trials were shared with New Mexico growers. About seventy participants attended the conference. The information shared will position New Mexico growers for a productive growing season. Cotton acreage in New Mexico is expected to increase slightly during the 2017 season.
Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology
- The students in FWCE, Wildlife Museum, gave an educational program about the wildlife of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument at Dripping Springs in December. The NMSU Wildlife Museum is cooperating with the Bureau of Land Management to provide public education on wildlife related to the new Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument. The education programs are delivered by NMSU students and are open to the public. Click on the PDF file to view the article written by the Las Cruces Bulletin.
Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business
- Five NMSU ACES graduate students (Sarah Sayles, Curt Pierce, Sarah Acquah, Befekadu Habteyes, Dina Salmanmade) presented posters at a water resources symposium in El Paso on January 4-6. Below Elephant Butte Reservoir the Rio Grande is the only renewable source of water for water users. Due to recent severe periods of drought and growing demand, the river alone no longer meets regional water needs, leading to increased groundwater use and dropping water tables. This symposium allowed NMSU students to report on results of an integrated research, extension, and education project informing water managers in New Mexico. Lasting impacts of our institutional strengthening activities will result in effective training of water resources professionals for the 21st century, many of whom are Hispanic.