Cooperative Extension Service
Farm, Ranch, & Natural Resources
- Agriculture Programs
- Events & Workshops
- Resources - Farm, Ranch & Natural Resources
- Bee & Wasp Resources
- Area Growers & Farmers Markets
- New Mexico Farmers' Markets
- Food for People
- NMSU Extension Resources
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NMSU-Bernalillo CountyCooperative Extension Service
1510 Menaul Blvd Ext NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: 505-243-1386 | 844-409-0562
- Thank you for your continued interest and support
As with all other educational institutions following COVID-19 guidelines, we share these updates:
- Our office is closed to the public until further notice.
- Agents are available via messaging (Click for Contact Emails... )
- Some BCCES classes may be offered online via ZOOM; check individual class listings.
- Certain in-person Extension classes are postponed statewide until safe to resume.
- Summer & Fall classes may allow tentative reservations meantime; check listings.
- Please continue to check back for future updates. (Updated 4/6)
- Our office is closed to the public until further notice.
- Master Gardeners Hotlines - Email Only - Albuquerque
Please send gardening questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Click for more info...) (Updated 3/25/20)
- Codling Moth (Apple and Pear pest)
New - Added to the Seasonal Gardening page under Spring: Codling Moth information, from USU Extension.
- Spring - Seasonal Gardening Resources
Pruning is a popular seasonal task, referenced here among other important gardening jobs. (Click to access...)
- * Cancelled * - Public Master Gardener Classes - Albuquerque
Afternoon classes originally open to the public (Tuesdays, 1 PM - 2:30 PM) have been cancelled.
Events & Workshops
* NMSU-ACES Extension face-to-face programs are being rescheduled statewide *
Check individual classes listings for details (online options, postponements, or cancellations) (Posted 3/27)
2020 Los Ranchos Farm and Garden Series - Scheduled To Date
Demonstrations, Workshops, & Lectures. Reservations: Some classes may have a space limitation, so please RSVP early to reserve yours. Fees: $5 per class (cash or check at the door). Location: (Click for map): Larry P. Abraham Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande Blvd NW, 87107.
Upcoming Classes - Check back for Registration Links, available approximately 2 weeks in advance.
- Feb. 29 - Fruit Tree Pruning - Completed
- * Cancelled * - Grape Vine Pruning - Originally scheduled for Mar. 14
- * Cancelled * - Soil Sponges & Soil Health - Originally scheduled for Apr. 4
- * Cancelled * - Composting Basics - Originally scheduled for Apr. 8
- (Tentative) May 6 - Spring Gardening - John Garlisch, NMSU. Begins 6 PM.
- (Tentative) May 16 - Herbs For Cooking - Cindy Davies, NMSU. Begins 9 AM.
- June 6 - Insect Pollinators & Beneficials - Amanda Skidmore, NMSU. Begins 9 AM.
- July 1 - What Ails My Plant? Diagnosing Plant Diseases & Disorders - John Garlisch, NMSU. Begins 6 PM.
- July 18 - Vertebrate Pest Control - Sam Smallidge, NMSU. Begins 9 AM.
- Aug. 5 - Cover Crops - Sean Ludden. Begins 6 PM.
- Aug. 15 - Livestock Care: Peri-Urban Area - Craig Gifford, NMSU. Begins 9 AM.
- Sep. 2 - Planting the Fall Veggie Garden - John Garlisch, NMSU. Begins 6 PM.
- Sep. 26 - Soil Management - Instructor TBD. Begins 9 AM.
- Oct. 17 - Pollinator Habitat for Fall & Winter - Amanda Skidmore, NMSU. Begins 9 AM.
- Nov. 7 - Winter Gardening - John Garlisch, NMSU. Begins 9 AM.
- Feb. 29 - Fruit Tree Pruning - Completed
NMSU-BernCo CES Calendar of EventsUpcoming Agriculture, Horticulture, and Natural Resources Calendar
Educational programs on farm research and demonstration, as well as personal consultation, are available in the following areas:
- Crop Production
- Soil Health
- Livestock Production
- Organic Agriculture & Integrated Pest Management|
- Agricultural Entrepreneurship & Business Planning
Bernalillo County has approximately 7,000 acres of irrigated land as well as privately and publicly owned rangeland used for agricultural production. In order for farmers and ranchers to remain on the land they must adopt practices that help them increase their economic viability. Producers look to Extension Service personnel and their educational programs for guidance, information and technical support as they plan and implement their agricultural enterprises.
Includes urban farming, traditional row and field crop production, high value vegetable and fruit production, forage and pasture management, and organic production methods. The following topics are available within each of these subjects.
- Season Extension - Extending the Growing Season In NM
- Variety Selection - Circular 585: Species Selection and Establishment for Irrigated Pastures in New Mexico
- Research Report 787 - Alfalfa Evapotranspiration in Albuquerque's South Valley
- Forages Management and Research Publications
- Harvesting & Planting
- Pest Management
- Guide A-148: Understanding Soil Health for Production Agriculture in New Mexico
- Guide A-114: Test Your Garden Soil - How to properly take a representative sample of your soil for testing.
- Healthy Soil Program - NM Dept. of Agriculture (external site)
- Fertilizer/Soil Conditioner Registration - NM Dept. of Agriculture (external site)
Soil Testing - NMSU does not have a soil testing laboratory, but the Bernalillo Co Extension Service does make kits available for the public to send samples to the Soil, Water and Plant Testing Laboratory at Colorado State University for analysis.
Call the our office at 505-243-1386 to obtain a (free) container for your use; office hours are 8 AM-12:00 PM and 12:30-4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. This is an outside service, and they do charge fees for their services.
Instructions are included in the container. Suggestion: Include "Bernalillo, NM" in your order form's County field, and a BernCo CES Agriculture Agent should receive a copy of your analysis - all the better to discuss the conditions and a possible remediation plan.
Includes cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, and horses.
- Handling and / or Training
Organic Agriculture & Integrated Pest Management
- Urban / Small Farm IPM: What is it?
- IPM for Home Gardeners
- Pollinator Project
- Pest Alerts
- Western Small Farm IPM Working Group
Circular 655: Integrated Pest Management for Home Gardeners
The evaluation and incorporation of all available techniques (old and new, low- and high-tech) into a unified program to identify and manage pest populations to minimize damage and adverse effects on the environment.
- Insect and weed identification
- Pesticide applicator training, including continuing education units
- Traditional and organic pest control recommendations
Agricultural Entrepreneurship & Business Planning
WARNING: SORGUM / SUDAN / JOHNSON GRASS HARMFUL TO HORSES
Although during a hay shortage people are forced to seek alternatives, please beware that not all alternatives are safe.
NMSU Horse Specialist Dr. Jason Turner provided these documents and includes some words of caution:
"I know that hay supplies are tight, but I would still caution horse owners against feeding sorghum / sudan hay to horses.
"The primary concern in horses is related to the potential for a neurological condition caused by lathyrogen compounds that can be present in the growing forage and hay.
"As is often the case with the horse, there is little definitive research on this issue to give us a complete picture. I have consulted Dr. Mark Marsalis, our extension specialist in the sorghum area, to get his input from the plant side of things."
Stretching Your Horse's Hay Supply During A Drought (PDF)Discusses alternative feed stuffs and feeding recommendations for horses when hay supplies run short. Colorado State University Extension Service Fact Sheet 1.625. Revised June 26, 2016.
Johnsongrass Poisoning in HorsesAddresses the issues surrounding this drought-tolerant weed, which can cause nerve and fetal damage in horses. "Toxin Topic" article by Cynthia Gaskill, DVM PhD, clinical veterinary toxicologist, Univ. of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, June 25, 2016.
CR-678: Poisonous Plants of New Mexico RangelandsIncludes sections on special poisoning problems such as cyanogenic glycosides / hydrogen cyanide (aka prussic acid) poisoning, nitrate poisoning, and Sorghum Cystitis, with suggested treatments.
Hay and Forage Testing Although the Bernalillo Co. Extension Service does not test hay or forage, we recommend you contact the Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center's Extension Forage Specialist Mark Marsalis. For his contact info, see his webpage: https://loslunassc.nmsu.edu
Resources - Farm, Ranch & Natural Resources
Bee & Wasp Resources
- Bees & Wasps
Visit our Bees & Wasps Resources Page.
- Albuquerque - Albuquerque Beekeepers Association (ABQbeeks):
- Outside Albuquerque - New Mexico Beekeepers Association (NMbeeks) - Events, Beekeeping Resources, Contacts (external link)
Our office receives calls throughout the year about "bees." In reality, some are honey bees while others are actually western yellow jackets. Learn more about the Differences: Bees vs. Wasps.
Bees are essential to fruit and vegetable production as well as seed production for many plants! Beekeeping is gaining in popularity in Albuquerque and a number of beekeepers are willing to collect the bees from your property. Learn more about bees, wasps and beekeepers at Albuquerque Beekeepers.
Area Growers & Farmers Markets
Find a Market, Meet Some Farmers, Shopping, Recipes, Food Access, and more. Check back often.
New Mexico Farmers' Markets
Each of New Mexico's 50 growers' markets is unique, reflecting the particular character of local cultures, soils and climate. Most of our markets are open seasonally, from early or late summer through late fall. Five markets - Corrales, Los Ranchos, Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Las Cruces - are now open year-round. Learn more about the NM Farmer's Market.
Food for People
The food produced by our Bernalillo County Extension Service office is donated to the Roadrunner Food Bank and widely distributed to a number of groups and individuals in need. Julie Anderson with the RRFB says fresh produce is the first thing to go when people are selecting their food for the week. In 2013, the Gutierrez-Hubbell House will serve as a distribution center for other backyard farmers who want to donate extra fresh produce. If you are interested in donating produce, call farm manager Gabe Bauman-Baker at (574) 238-8957