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The New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center five miles south of Artesia will hold its annual Field Day Thursday, Aug. 23.

A Continuing Education Unit workshop will be held prior to the Field Day at 1:30 p.m. Three CEUs will be available. There is no charge for this workshop, which will cover an entomology update, herbicide resistance, and WPS updates. Starting at 3:30 p.m. will be a diagnostic clinic. Attendees should bring any weeds, insects, diseased plants, or questions they would like the experts to address. Registration for Field Day will start at 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 5 p.m., provided by the Yucca CowBelles.

The Field Day keynote speaker will be Alisa Ogden, past-president of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. Prior to the field tours, Dr. Kevin Lombard, NMSU agronomist, will demonstrate the processing of fresh hops for microbreweries and will discuss the potential for hops production in southeastern New Mexico.

Children ages 3 and up are welcome to come out to the field for an insect safari. Long pants and closed shoes are recommended.

Field tours will include visits to jujube tree plots. Jujubes are Chinese fruits similar to figs, which grow well in New Mexico. Dr. Jane Pierce will cover insect pest updates. Dr Gill Giese, NMSU viticulturist, will visit grape plots and discuss harvesting decisions. Dr. Kulbhushan Grover, a research and extension agronomist in sustainable crop production, will discuss Guar as a potential new crop in New Mexico.

Dr. Soum Sonogo, a plant pathologist from Las Cruces, will discuss a new race of fusarium (FOV4), which has been found nearby in El Paso, Texas, and Dr. Robert Flynn will show plots that have been irrigated with salty water and discuss the potential to use produced water in agriculture.

The evening will end with a make-your-own sundae bar and a drawing for a Lifetime 55-quart High Performance cooler for participants.