Projects & Results

The Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari has several key projects under way. Our Annual Progress Reports provide information for ongoing and recently completed projects. Extension publications and NMSU reports on some completed projects also have been published. Most research projects completed at the Agricultural Science Center have been published in external scientific literature and not through NMSU. Many of these can be made available in a pdf form upon request by email or by regular mail if the file size is too large. Hopefully, in the future they can be available directly through this website.

Annual Progress Reports

Under construction.

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Incomplete or ongoing projects from the previous 5 years that have not been published with peer-review include:

Livestock Research

Tucumcari Beef Cattle Feed Efficiency Testing

Evaluation of Pastures for Backgrounding Beef Cattle

Cropping System Research

Alternative Crops in Winter Wheat-Based Cropping Systems

Manure Incorporation in Strip Tillage Systems

Evaluation of Spring Planted Cover/Rotation Crop Alternatives for Semi-Arid Cropping Systems

Evaluation of Fall Planted Cover/Rotation Crop Alternatives for Semi-Arid Cropping Systems

Reduced Tillage in Corn

Cover Crops for Improving Sustainability of Winter Wheat - Sorghum - Fallow Cropping Systems

Forage Crop Research

Alfalfa Planting Date

Alfalfa Winter Irrigation

Effect of Valent Product AB-1880 on Alfalfa Growth

Improving Drought and Salinity Tolerance in Maize (Zea mays L.) by Introgression of Southwestern Developed Open Pollinated Landraces

Kochia Variety, Site, and Planting Date Evaluation

Local Adaptation of Perennial Cereal Rye as Winter Forage

Crop Performance Evaluations

Alfalfa, Forage Sorghum, Sorghum-Sudangrass, Grain Corn, Cotton, Grain Sorghum, Jujubes, Pinto Beans, and Tepary Beans


Evaluation of Yucca Fiber Harvesting Techniques

Impact of Soil Salts and Irrigation Water Source on Cotton

Variation in Precipitation during the Growing Season at the Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari

Evaluation of Selected Plant Species for Attracting Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects

NMSU Extension Publications by Staff at the Agricultural Science Center

Guide A-311: Sainfoin production in New Mexico.

Guide A-325: Managing weeds in alfalfa.

Guide A-333: User manual of the alfalfa yield predictor.

Guide A-336: Managing Roundup Ready and conventional or organic alfalfa in nearby fields in New Mexico.

Guide A-337 Recommendations for Roundup Ready Alfalfa weed management and stand removal in New Mexico.

Guide A-340: Integrated weed management in irrigated permanent grass pastures and hayfields in New Mexico.

Guide A-416: Corn plant density effects on silage quality.

Guide A-417: Millets for forage and grain in New Mexico and West Texas.

Circular 585: Selection and establishment of forage species for irrigated pastures in New Mexico.

Circular 586: Grazing systems and management of irrigated pastures in New Mexico.

Circular 600: Managing Aceria malherbae gall mites for control of field bindweed.

Circular 633: Using a computer application to predict irrigated alfalfa yield.

Circular 641: Hay quality, sampling, and testing.

Circular 642 (English and Spanish versions): Silage microbial inoculants: Use in hot weather conditions.

Circular 644: Assessing alfalfa stands after winter injury, freeze damage, or any time renovation is considered in New Mexico.

Circular 646: Managing alfalfa during drought.

Circular 654: Selecting alfalfa varieties for New Mexico.

Circular 655: Silage crop nutritive value in New Mexico and West Texas.

Circular 659: Whitefringed beetle in New Mexico alfalfa.

Circular 668: Reducing Harvest and Post-harvest Losses of Alfalfa and Other Hay.

NMSU Research Publications by Staff at the Agricultural Science Center

Bulletin 796: Performance of perennial cool-season forage legumes in diverse soil moisture environments, Southern High Plains, USA.

Bulletin 802: A comparison of pigeonpea and cowpea forage yield and nutritive value in the Southern High Plains of the USA.

Bulletin 808: Yield of diverse ultra short to early season crops grown under limited irrigation in the Southern Great Plains of the USA.

Research Report 751: Weather observations at the Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari.

Research Report 755: Observations on potential glyphosate tolerance in perennial warm-season grasses.

Research Report 757: Planting date and furrow irrigation effects on cowpea for edible dry beans, Southern High Plains, USA.

Research Report 766: Furrow-irrigated alfalfa dry matter yield is not affected by different seeding rates in Southern High Plains, USA.

Research Report 772: Observations on how cowpea aphid (Aphis craccivora) affects alfalfa of differing fall dormancy categories and some possible resistant varieties.

Research Report 774: A screening for biofuel feedstock quality of perennial warm-season grasses in semiarid subtropical environments.

New Mexico Variety Test Reports

Links to Other NMSU Extension & Research Publications