Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Snowfall Welcome, Has Risks.

Byline: Rory McClannahan Journal Staff Writer

Growing Season May Shorten; Hay Pricier

Torrance County farmers and ranchers welcomed the recent snow, but they realize it can cause problems for them, the county's cooperative extension agent said last week.

New Mexico State University runs the Cooperative Extension Service for the state's 33 counties. The service provides information and expertise on agricultural, gardening, home economics and economic development issues as well as running 4-H youth programs.

Bill Neish, the Torrance County extension agent, said Estancia Valley farmers usually start planting crops by the middle of March. If snow is on the ground or the soil is too wet, that could delay planting and result in a shorter growing season, he said. …

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