• Administrative Report of Progress: January 1 to December 31, 1951

      Irwin, Don L. (University of Alaska Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1951-12)
      This booklet is a compilation of annual administrative reports required of the Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, a public supported research institution. Shown here is a complete outline of research problems under study during the year just ended. Objectives financ ial support, accomplishments during 1951 and lines of aproach to be emphasized during the next crop season are a l l set forth in detail. Also indicated is the intricate cooperation established with allied agencies, perfected in an effort to eliminate overlapping in adjacent areas of interest. Staff assignments are presented in order to fix responsibilities and to give credit vhere due. A brief discussion of the physical plant is also included to show what progress has been made in the building program, now some three years old, and to point out certain housekeeping problems that, in the public interest must be solved in the near future.
    • Climatic Characteristics of Selected Alaskan Locations

      Watson, C.E.; Branton, C.I.; Newman, J.E. (University of Alaska Institute of Agricultural Sciences, 1971-08)
      This publication is primarily intended to assist in the process of agricultural resource evaluation of certain areas with known positive attributes. Climatic indices, which are useful in comparing the agricultural potential such as growing degree days, length of growing season, and others, have been tabulated for selected locations for which continuous long term weather records exist. Agencies cooperating to produce this publication are: Institute of Agricultural Sciences, University of Alaska; Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture; Environmental Data Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

      Laughlin, Winston M. (Agricultural Experiment Station, School of Agriculture and Land Resources Management, University of Alaska, 1978-07)
    • Costs & Returns for 15 Dairy Farms in Alaska's Matanuska Valley, 1960

      Welling, Charles L. (University of Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1962-03)
      Information summarized in the following table is based on 1960 records obtained from 15 dairy farms in the Matanuska Valley. The three high and three low income farms were selected on the basis of their total net cash income.
    • Costs and Returns on Matanuska Valley Dairy Farms

      Saunders, A. Dale (University of Alaska Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1963-01)
      This study is based on 15 dairy farms in the Matanuska Valley during the period of 1957 through 1961, While all of the farms are owner-operated 80 per cent of them also utilize additional rented crop land. Eleven of the dairies have cooperated for the entire five years. Replacements were necessary in four cases because of changes in business organization or ownership. These dairies, varying in size from 10 to over 50 cows, make up a fairly representative sample of approximately 25 per cent of the dairy farms in the area. They accounted for 26 per cent of the total cow population in the Valley in 1961.
    • Dairy Farming With Dollars and Sense in the Matanuska Valley

      University of Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1959-02-19
    • Delivery Routes Sell More Milk in Anchorage

      Gazaway, H.P.; Marsh, Charles (University of Alaska Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1960-10)
      A primary objective of this study was to determine the number of households purchasing dairy products from delivery routes, and the number buying from stores. Also of interest were the amounts purchased per household and per person, family characteristics such as income, family size, and so- forth, and their preferences for home delivery versus store -purchasing.

      Laughlin, Winston M. (Agricultural Experiment Station, School of Agriculture and Land Resources Management, University of Alaska, 1978-07)
    • Growing-Degree Units For Selected Agricultural Locations In Alaska

      Branton, C. Ivan; Shaw, Robert H. (University of Alaska, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, 1973-06)
      It is well known that the rate at which a plant grows is influenced by air temperature. The problem is to define this relationship in a quantitative manner so that the information can be applied to agricultural problems. In places where growth of a particular crop is limited by the length of the growing season, an evaluation of the "heat-units" available is particularly important. Many heat-unit systems have evolved over the years, with certain advantages claimed for each. In crop production, heat unit systems are used to estimate the time required for a crop to go from one stage of development to another, usually from planting to harvest. Each heat-unit system produces a particular set of values, the values being determined by the relationship between temperature and growth that is assumed in the calculations. This paper lists heat-units available in six areas in Alaska, all having agricultural potential. The system used measures temperature in "growing-degree units" and is described in detail. Recent comparative studies of growing season and growing degree days leads to the conclusion that the temperature records taken at Big Delta may have been favorably affected by the nearness of the weather recording station to an extensive coated runway. The "flywheel" effect of this large heat sink appear to have reduced the occurrence of 32°F. night temperatures in both the spring and fall, making the growing degree accumulation unrealistic.
    • Guidelines for the Production of Rapeseed in the Delta-Clearwater Area of Alaska

      University of Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1978-04
      Experience with the production of rapeseed in Alaska is limited. The material presented in this report is for preliminary planning only. It was prepared on the basis of published Canadian research, and studies of variety trials and planting dates during 1977 in interior Alaska. These guidelines will be revised when the results of additional research and experience with rapeseed production in Alaska becomes available.
    • Household buying of Fresh Milk and Dairy Products in Anchorage, Alaska

      University of Alaska Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1962-04
    • Irrigation in Alaska's Matanuska Valley

      Michaelson, Neil; Branton, C. Ivan (University of Alaska Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1958-12-30)
    • Loose Housing for Dairy Farms As Utilized in North Dakota and Possibly Applied in Alaska

      Branton, C.I. (University of Alaska Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1962-04)
    • Mutual Plant Disease Problems Alaska and Northern Europe: Observations and Notes of a 1958 field review

      Logsdon, Charles E. (University of Alaska Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1959-02-03)
      Through the assistance of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station was enabled to continue its studies of the relations of Alaska's agricultural problems to those of Northern Europe by sending Dr. Charles E. Logsdon to Europe to investigate mutual phytopathological problems. Prior investigations consisted of a review of horticultural and general farming problems by Mr. Arvo Kallio who spent the growing season of 1956 in Northern Europe, and a three-month's review of the Alaska Station's research program by Professor 0ivind Nissen of the Agricultural College at Vollebekk, Norway. During his stay in Europe, Dr. Logsdon also presented a paper at the VII International Congress for Microbiology in Stockholm, Sweden, on one phase of Alaska’s phytopathological research— Allan H. Mick, Director.
    • Oats and Barley growing and storing grain in Alaska's Matanuska and Tanana valleys, 1957-1958

      Branton, C. Ivan (Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1959-12)
      Plant before June 1 for best yields and quality, and to improve chances for a September harvest. Control weeds to improve acre yields, to utilize fertilizer efficiently, and to reduce storage problems caused by wet weed seed. Do not rely on field drying grain to a safe storage moisture content. Have some means of artificial drying ready at harvest time. Plan on September harvest to utilize the best chance of favorable field drying conditions, and to reduce shattering losses.
    • The Position of Agriculture in Alaska's Current Economy

      Johnsons, Hugh A.; Irwin, Don L. (University of Alaska, 1953-01)
      This report is designed to explain some of the apparent discrepancies in the agricultural picture in Alaska.
    • Precipitation Probabilities for Selected Sites in Alaska

      Branton, C. Ivan; Watson, C.E. (University of Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1969-04)
      This publication is the result of cooperation between many research entities whose separate contributions have made it possible to assemble this information concerning precipitation in the nation's largest state, Alaska. The program to extract precipitation probabilities from the raw data was developed by Drs. L. D. Bark and A. M. Feyerherm of Kansas State University of Agriculture and Applied Science as a contribution to the regional research of the North Central Committee NC-26 concerned with "Weather Information for Agriculture". The program was modified and adapted to a higher speed computer by Dr. G. L. Ashcroft of the Utah State University of Agriculture and Applied Science as a contribution of the Western regional Committee W-48, concerned with "Weather and its Relation to Agriculture. The final processing of Alaskan data was made possible by the close cooperation of the Western Data Processing Center of the University of California at Los Angeles and the personnel of the computer center of the University of Alaska at College.
    • Producing Beef for Alaska's Railbelt

      Saudners, Dale A. (University of Alaska Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1962-03)
      The object of this report is to try and determine what it will cost to produce beef in the Kenai Peninsula and other parts of the Railbelt. Because little beef is being produced in this area, it has been necessary to project beef enterprises, rather than to cite actual case studies.
    • A Proposed Livestock Research Program for Alaska

      Story, Charles D. (University of Alaska Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1963-09)
      This report presents, primarily, areas of research and research goals on range management and beef cattle production that 1) appear to be most urgent and 2) that appear attainable within the next few years without a great expansion of personnel, equipment and funds. Other areas of research and development in the livestock industry (not including dairy) are discussed briefly. Present trends in agricultural research and recommendations for an expanded research program in animal husbandry are given. Some of these recommendations have appeared in other reports and are singled out here to emphasize their importance to a livestock research program for Alaska.
    • Report of Progress: January 1 to December 31, 1952

      Irwin, Don L. (University of Alaska Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1953-01)
      Each calendar year the Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station submits a Progress Report to the University of Alaska and the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the 2 cooperating agencies under which it operates. This 1952 report segregates the work of each department, reporting briefly the progress made on each project currently under investigation, contributions to scientific knowledge or to the public interest and phases of the work to receive special attention during the coming year. Due credit is given to cooperating agencies and to various station personnel where more than one department is involved on a project. Briefly reported, also, are improvements and additions to physical plant, personnel changes, publications of the station during the year, and sources of financial support.