ARRA - Central Great Plains Research Station, Akron, Colorado
ARS scientists develop models to simulate the
effects of crop-sequencing at Akron, Colorado.
Central Great Plains Research Station, Akron, Colorado
- Scope of work under Recovery Act
Repair of critical deferred maintenance including replacing
system components in facility HVAC and fire alarm systems. Replace window
systems to eliminate infiltration of water causing deterioration of structure
September 2009 - Construction contract awarded for $109,166 for the repair of
the fire alarm system
July 2010 - Construction contract awarded for $92,880 for the window replacement.
Research at the Central Great Plains Research Station
Researchers at the Central Plains Resources Management Unit work to protect
the environment during agricultural production while improving economic
efficiency. They have developed drought mitigation strategies to help dryland
growers decrease the risk of crop failure under drought conditions, maintaining
profitability for producers while ensuring an ongoing supply of food products
to consumers even during water shortages.
During the past century, the station's experiments have identified the crops
best suited to the region, such as winter wheat, sorghum, millet, corn,
triticale and sunflower. In addition, researchers found that ponderosa pine and
Rocky Mountain juniper made the best shelterbelts to reduce erosion. Akron
scientists also have helped improve yields of several crops, including winter
wheat, by as much as 50 percent and have developed water-management techniques
for maximizing crop growth.
Scientists at Akron have released new cereal varieties and developed
water-harvesting techniques for reducing soil damage. They were also
influential in pioneering conservation management techniques such as no-till,
eco-fallow and stubble-mulch. Researchers are currently developing sustainable
crop-rotation systems for cultivated drylands, semiarid croplands, rangelands
and irrigated lands.
Project Photographs Before Construction