New Mexico Chile Production Increasing
LAS CRUCES - Two years ago, the fewest chilies were grown in New Mexico in decades. Growers opted to take advantage of the higher prices they could get by growing corn, alfalfa and other crops. But last year, production increased significantly as farmers returned acres to chilies.
Despite ongoing drought and likely another year with a little irrigated water, chili production could increase further. Dry conditions are not particularly damaging to chilies, as long as well pumps are able to function normally. In fact, wetter winters can often lead to disease, mildew and other crop damage.