Tomatoes, chile, grapes, potatoes and other crops, along with beneficial insects, are among the discussion topics at this year’s field day at New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas.
The field day will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 18 at the science center, 1036 Miller Road in Los Lunas. Field tours will begin at 9 a.m., and a lunch program will begin at noon. Lunch is free and door prizes will be handed out at the event.
Research on grape varieties, tomato management and disease control, guar, hemp, jujubes, weed control in alfalfa and chile production will be presented, along with updates on the Sustainable Potatoes to Undermine Diabetes, or SPUD, Project for Low Glycemic Potatoes. Earlier this spring, members of the public had an opportunity to grow their own huckleberry gold potatoes, which has a lower starch content, to assist in research regarding the potato’s potential health value.
“This field day is an excellent chance for the community to come out and see firsthand the important research conducted at the science center,” said Mark Marsalis, interim superintendent of the Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas. “These educational events provide information to the public in order to better understand the issues facing producers of agronomic and horticultural crops, and how those issues are being resolved.”
The Los Lunas event will also feature a self-guided walking tour of the learning garden, a scavenger hunt, a bee and honey demonstration, and a master gardener Q&A booth.
Masks are recommended for attendees who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. People with a disability who are in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate may contact Candace Salazar at 505-865-7340 by Aug. 10.