and Improvements 1955-1958
state legislature appropriated funds in 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1958 for
physical improvements on both The Yuma Valley and The Yuma Mesa Farm.
These new buildings and facilities include:
office-laboratory building completed in May 1956, containing seven
offices, an entomology laboratory, a plant pathology laboratory and
horticulture laboratory on The Yuma Valley Farm.
Superintendent's residence on The Yuma Valley Farm.
machine shop and storage building at The Yuma Valley Farm, and another
on The Yuma Mesa Farm.
office laboratory addition, completed in May 1958 at The Yuma Valley
Farm containing six offices, a soils laboratory, plant laboratory,
three storage rooms and a research library.
1955 through 1958, the remaining earth ditch irrigation system, totaling
more than four miles, was converted to concrete-lined ditches.
fall of 1958, construction was begun of an office-laboratory building
on The Yuma Mesa Farm to be used by the departments of horticulture,
Plant Pathology and Animal Science was under construction.
- The Yuma
Valley Farm was completely surrounded with 5 strand barbed wire fencing,
and the The Yuma Mesa Farm was completely fenced with 5 feet. "V"
mesh fencing. On both of the farms, all of the land was leveled to dead
level with 300 feet. irrigation runs. Roads make it possible to drive
on three sides of every field on both farms.
- A Foreman's
residence existed on both The Yuma Valley and The Yuma Mesa Farms. These
structures were improved.
- An Animal
Science Research Facility on The Yuma Valley Farm, which includes an
enclosed galvanized building, two 1,000 bushel grain storage tanks,
two 500 lb. mixers, several augers, a miller mill, a crimper, a 14 foot
harvest storage tank, 20 beef animal pens with shed, beef animal working
- Two greenhouses
at The Yuma Valley Farm and three greenhouses and a screen house on
TheYuma Mesa Farm.
these buildings, improvements of facilities, and additional staff,
the research program of the Yuma Agricultural Center complex became
The office-laboratory housed additional staff including the
USDA Soil and Water Lab. Henry Schreiber, Ph D. was in charge with
a Laboratory Technician, Stanley Mitchell and aides - Loel Cooper
and Mark Lowery. Ruth Cypert was secretary for this staff.