• Will Lime Improve Your Soil?

      Soil Testing Service, University of Alaska, 1956
    • Diseases of Economic Crops In Alaska

      Logsdon, Charles E. (Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service, 1956-06)
      Inspection and control of imported plant materials will assist in preventing diseases from entering Alaska.
    • Cereals For Forage Production At Point MacKenzie

      Mitchell, George; Purser, Jerry (University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, 1984)
      Research history on the soils in the Point MacKenzie project area is limited when compared to many other agricultural areas in Alaska. However, four years of soil fertility and forage production data has been compiled. The basis for information included here is research carried out on the research tract at Point MacKenzie by the staff at the Palmer Research Center. This information coupled with many years of breeding and crop selection data from the nearby Matanuska Valley, make preliminary recommendations possible.
    • High tunnel production of lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and snap beans (Phaseolus vulgaris l.) in a High Latitude location

      Rader, Heidi B.; Karlsson, Meriam; Zhang, Mingchu; Smeenk, Jeffrey (University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2006-12)
      Fairbanks, Alaska (lat. 64°49’N) has a short, variable growing season which necessitates alternative growing techniques for reliable vegetable production. Air and soil temperatures, relative humidity, light penetration, and management requirements were evaluated for a double bay high tunnel [15.8 m wide × 3.7 m high × 14.6 m long]. Mean air temperature was 0.5 °C and soil 1.2 °C higher in the high tunnel than the adjacent field, but differences varied with ventilation and heating practices. Yield and growth characteristics of lettuce (Lactuca sativa: ‘Paris Island cos’ and ‘Two Star’) and snap beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.: ‘Concesa’ and ‘Provider’) were evaluated. Lettuce was frost hardy in the open field, prone to bolting in the high tunnel, and in general did not benefit from the high tunnel environment, except in quality due to cleanliness. ‘Concesa’ produced significantly more in the high tunnel compared with the field (P < 0.005). ‘Provider’, produced more in the high tunnel in 2006 compared to the field, but differences were not statistically significant over two seasons. The perceived benefits of high tunnel production included protection from frost, wind, pest, and rain, improved yields depending on crop and cultivar, and decreased weed emergence and moisture accumulation.
    • Managing Alaska Soils

      Jahns, Thomas R. (University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, 2010-08)
      This publication is for the gardener who wants to gain a more thorough understanding of soil basics, including soil components, texture, structure, water permeability and chemistry. There is also information on soil fertility and plant nutrients.
    • Growing Potatoes in the Alaska Garden

      Smeenk, Jeff (University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, 2010-09)
      Potatoes are a great crop for Alaska gardens because they are easy to grow and have a high yield per square foot. This publication includes tips on planting, growing, harvesting and storing potatoes as well as suggestions for cooking and preparing them.
    • Mycorrhizae in the Alaska Landscape

      Smeenk, Jeff; Ianson, David (Cooperative Extension Service, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2010-09)
      This publication explains how mycorrhiza, an important relationship between plant roots and certain types of fungi, can improve the plant's growth and provide protection from certain root diseases.
    • Hoop Houses in Rural Alaska: Twenty Questions and Answers to Get You Started

      Smeenk, Jeff; Nakazawa, Anthony (University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, 2011-04)
      This publication addresses the most common questions people have when considering whether to build a hoop house. There is information on the sizes and shapes of hoop houses, the cost of building and/or shipping a hoop house, ease of construction, sunlight and heat requirements, advice on what kind of production to expect, and much more.
    • Factors to Consider in Selecting a Soil Testing Lab

      Jahns, Thomas R. (University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, 2011-05)
      This factsheet provides guidelines for selecting which tests one should use and finding soil testing laboratories that perform those tests. It is a fantastic tool for Alaskans as it highlights available options for tests, types of tests and testing facilities. Laboratory contact information is included.
    • Soil Sampling

      Smeenk, Jeff (University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, 2011-05)
      This publication gives step-by-step instructions for sampling soil on your property. It gives the why, where and how of sampling, along with information necessary for having a sample analyzed.