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California Agriculture, January 1979

Volume 33, Number 1

Peer-reviewed Research Articles

Factors affecting agricultural land prices
by B. Delworth Gardner, Carole Frank Nuckton
pp4-6, doi#10.3733/ca.v033n01p4
The 1970's brought such rapid increases in land prices that one is compelled to look for forces that have had special impact.
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Warp reduction in young-growth ponderosa pine studs
by Donald G. Arganbright, James A. Venturino, Michael R. Gorvad
pp6-8, doi#10.3733/ca.v033n01p6
Conventional kiln-drying under restraint with an initial plasticization treatment reduced fall-down from 51.0 percent to 34.4 percent.
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Some forces affecting our changing American agriculture
by Harold O. Carter, Warren E. Johnston, Carole Frank Nuckton
pp9-10, doi#10.3733/ca.v033n01p9
The changing interface between commercial agriculture and quasi-agricultural interests in rural areas and the rising capital requirements in farming suggest an emerging compromise in the form of a dual rural economy: (1) large commercial farm units, and (2) smaller farms, based on subsistence, part-time, retirement, or hobby interests.
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Gaseous ammonia losses following nitrogen fertilization
by Joseph H. Connell, Roland D. Meyer, Jewell L. Meyer, Robert M. Carlson
pp11-12, doi#10.3733/ca.v033n01p11
Fertilizer nitrogen can be lost when gaseous ammonia volatilizes following surface application of urea fertilizer. Fertilizer placement 1½ inches deep can help prevent significant losses from occurring.
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Apple russet on Yellow Newtown Pippin
by George C. Martin, Ronald H. Tyler, Chic Nishijima
pp13-14, doi#10.3733/ca.v033n01p13
Using compounds that were successful in treating russet-sensitive Golden Delicious apples, scientists tested Yellow Newtown Pippins in the Pajaro Valley for response against russeting. The treatments did not reduce russet enough to warrant use.
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Editorial, News, Letters and Science briefs

EDITORIAL: Debunking myths
by J. B. Kendrick
pp2, doi#10.3733/ca.v033n01p2

General Information

Gifts and donations
pp14-15, doi#10.3733/ca.v033n01p14