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Group Title: Agronomy research report - University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences ; AY 83-12
Title: Agronomy Research Support Laboratory summary from January 1, 1982 to December 31, 1982
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Title: Agronomy Research Support Laboratory summary from January 1, 1982 to December 31, 1982
Series Title: Agronomy research report
Physical Description: 6 leaves : ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Gallaher, Raymond N
University of Florida -- Agronomy Dept
Publisher: Department of Agronomy, Agriculture Experiment Station, IFAS, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville Fla
Publication Date: [1983?]
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Subject: Agriculture -- Research -- Florida -- Gainesville   ( lcsh )
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HISTORIC NOTE


The publications in this collection do
not reflect current scientific knowledge
or recommendations. These texts
represent the historic publishing
record of the Institute for Food and
Agricultural Sciences and should be
used only to trace the historic work of
the Institute and its staff. Current IFAS
research may be found on the
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S' 0 Agronomy Research Report AY 83-12 1


[i'C Department of Agronomy
L- i- Agriculture Experiment Station, IFAS
University of Florida
C- Gainesville, Florida


APRCOMW RESEARCH SUPPORT LABORATORY SULMRY FRCM JANUARY 1, 1982 TO
DECEMBER 31, 1982

Raymond. N. Gallaher, Director, Agronomy Research Support Laboratory,
Wallace Building, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fl.
32611.

: INTROD ACTION


A Rather comprehensive report on the progress, productivity,
and problems of ,the Agronomy Research Support Laboratory was given
earlier (Gallaher 1982). The laboratory continued to have personnel
shortages and other problems in 1982 while the .demand for analysis
of samples continued to stabilize or possibly increase. Because of
major problems from the lack of'supporting personnel the laboratory
;.- completed.less than one-half the analyses-requested in 1982.
-PERSONNEL

The .laboratory continued in 1982 without many line item
secretarial help and no funds provide for secretarial support from
any other sources. Mrs. Wanda Gallaher continued to provide
volunteer secretarial support for part of 1982, but IFAS personnel
department gave instructions for her to discontinue support since
she was not an employee of the University of Florida.. Inquiries
were made through the IFAS office of the Dean for Research to solve
this problem and allow Mrs. Gallaher to continue volunteer work, but
as of February 1983 nothing has been learned about this possibility.
Mrs. Gallaher terminated her volunteer assistance in the Agronomy
:"Research Support Laboratory after being told to do so. Since most
married graduate' students in IFAS have routinely and historically
receive assistance from their spouse in conducting'their laboratory
and field research'for their thesis or dissertation,'we may have a
problem on our hands because IFAS personnel implies that it is
against the law.
Mr. Bruce Fritz continued as "Supervisor of Laboratories" for
the duration of 1982 and Mr. Ron Kern continued as "Laboratory
Technician II" primarily in charge of IVCMD analysis. Much time and
effort was spent in meetings with Mr. Ron 'Kern in 1982 over his
charge of being discriminated against. This charge was ruled
unfounded at the Director of the laboratory's level and Department
Chairman's level. Since nothing to the contrary has come to our
attention it must have been ruled the same at the next higher level.











BUDGET

The 1982-1983 budget indicated similar total overall dollars
allocated to the laboratory as in previous years, about $20,000.
However, there was continued and further reductions in CPS over
earlier budgets. One big surprise was to learn that $4000 of the CE
from the lab had been charged to the rental of a tractor. After two
cuts in budgets called for by IFAS administration as a result of
cuts required by the Governor's office, no CE funds were left after
November, 1982. The laboratory did have some supplies that should
allow continued utilization of available assistance in some analysis
through July 1, 1983.
'. RAGE ANALYSIS

Analytical. N and IVCMD analyses have been provided to those
faculty (and associated graduate students) holding Forage Research
Projects since before 1976 (Gallaher, .1982). Over 150,000 analyses
- were performed front 1976 through 1981, at an estimated value of
about 1.5 million dollars. -In 1982 the total request for N and
IV\MD totaled 28,708 (Figure 1.). This was 1,184 more requests than
for 1981 but was 3,087 less than the 1979 high of 31,795.
Tables 1 and 2 gives a breakdown in detail of those who made
requests and the status of their samples in 1982. Note that there
were 26 faculty members who made requests. In several cases the
analysis was for one of the professors graduate students. We
basically quit keeping records on graduate students and the request
comes through the professor who has a forage project. Note that
requests for IV\CD (Table 1) were about equal between Ona ARC and
Gainesville while over twice as many N requests (Table 2) were made
at Gainesville as compared to Ona.
Note that of the 9,855 IVCMD (Table 1) request that were made
only 5,915 were completed. This gave a weekly average of about 115
samples. Of the 18,853 N analyses requested (Table 2) the lab was
able to complete only 6,517 samples. This represented an average of
125 samples per week. About one-half of the N samples were
predigested or we would have completed much less N analyses in 1982.
The trends for the analyses requested and completed are shown
in Figure 2. Note that the total request, the top curve in the
graph shows that requests have stabilized at about 30,000 pre year.
The analyses completed by the laboratory.dropped dramatically from
1979 through 1981 with an additional slight drop in 1982. This drop
is directly correlated with the loss in CPS and Technical support.
Based on the 1981 and 1982 completions of analyses it appears we are
about stabilized in the ability of the laboratory to complete
analyses with the existing support.
Because of the tremendous shortage in help, both CPS and
TECHNICAL, no N analysis requests are being approved unless the
researcher agrees to predigest their samples. The IVWMD samples are
continuing to be run except for final calculations. No
calculations will be possible because the microcomputer used for








this purpose has torn up, is worn out and needs to be replaced along
with a suitable printer. One more sad note that came up in 1982 has
been the possibility that some errors are occurring in the IVCMD
data. With the limited help it has been difficult .to determine the
cause of this possible problem.
LABZRATCRY NEEDS

The Agronomy Research Support Laboratory needs technical and
OPS support at least equal or greater than that available in 1979
and 1980 in order to meet the needs of requested analyses. What
that means is:a need for about $8,000 in CPS support, CNE LABCRATCRY
TECHNICIAN primarily responsible for N analyses, and a SEORETARY II.
The laboratory will need $5500 for a computer for data calculations
and $1600 for. :a printer. At the moment the only other equipment
that has torn-up is a laboratory refrigerator that will -'take at
least $1000 to- replace. There is other existing equipment badly
used and worn. We will need $1000 or more to replace the
refrigerator. Hopefully we can make it through the next -fiscal year
without replacing the approximately $20,000 N autoanalyzer. The
laboratory will need about .$14,000 in CE if the above request is
Sfulfi lled. .
:. ". .. *^ : ,. ..*SLM M RY' -" ;

The Agronomy Research Support Laboratory has provided a total
of 12,432 N and IVOID analysis out of the 28,708 analyses requested,
by forage faculty in 1982. The request has continued to be for
about 30,000 analyses per year since the 1979 high of over 31,000.
Our ability to conduct these analyses decreased again in 1982 as it
has since the high of almost 27,000 analyses completed in 1979. We
will not be able to again analyze the over 30,000 samples requested
unless support is restored to the 1979-1980 levels. THAT WILL WEAN
A BUDGET REQLESTCF $8,000 FCR CPS, $8,100 FOR EQUIPMENT, $14,000
FOR CE, CNE LABORATORY TECHNICIAN, AND CNE SECRETARY II.
P N ACaK(LEDGVENT

The assistance of Mr. Bruce Fritz, Ron Kern, Sonny Tompkins,
and Wanda Gallaher is appreciated.
REFERENCE

Gallaher, Raymond N. 1982. Agronomy research support laboratory
summary from 1976 to 1982. University of Florida, IFAS, Agronomy
Research Report AY 82-08.











Table 1. Status of the Number of Forage Research IV3MD
Samples From January 1, 1982 to December 31, 1981.
-__-___-- -- --- -- ----------------------
Location &
Scientist Submitted Completed Incomplete
--- ------------------------- -----------------
Nurrther----------------


Ona
Chapman
Dan tzman
Hodges
Horton
Kalmbacher
Mislevy
Peacock
Pittman

Total

Bradenton
Chambliss

Jay
Dunavin


Ft. Pierce
Kretschmer

Belle Glade
Pate

Gainesville
Baltensperger
Gallaher
Gaskins
Kunkle
Ocumpaugh
Pfahler
Prine
Quesenberrry
Ruelke

Total

Reruns


370
252
11
435
703 :
S1790:
S53 ,
336

3950


358


357


120


395
- 380
916
53
336

2200


88


.179


360


760


63
2011
40
14
290
432
680
80
449

4059


63
1948
40

290
432
167



2940


267


250
252
11
40
323
. 874



1750.


178
178


14


612



63

14


513
80
449

1119

267


Grand Total 9855 5915 3940
Grand Total 9855 5915 3940










TaDbe z. Status of the Number of Forage Research Nitrogen
Samples From January 1, 1982 to December 31, 1981.
-------------------------- ;----------------------------
Location &
Scientist Submitted Completed Incomplete
---------------------------------------------------
--------------- Number ----------------
Ona
Chapman 370 120 250
Dantzman 252 --- 252
Hodges 11 --- 11
Horton 431 260. 171
Kalmbacher 1459 239 1220
Mislevy 1790 478 1312
Peacock 53 --- 53
Pittman 336 --- 336

Total 4702 1097 3605

SBradenton
Chambliss 88 -- 88 --

-- Ft. Ff Pierce
-Kretschmer 247 --- 247

Gainesville
Baltensperger 63 --- 63
Boote 841 841
Gallaher 6761 1698 5063
Kunkle 14 --- 14
Ocumpaugh 1260 970 290
Pfahler 432 --- 432
Prine 1110 430 680
Quesenberrry 600 --- 600
Rue ke 534 294 240
Smith/Schank 611 611 ---
Tanner/Yartlett 1367 265 1102

Total 13593 5109 8484

Reruns 223 --- 223
Grand Total 18853 6517 12336
Grand Total 18853 6517 12336.







35000
& -" OTotal analyses requested
S.----.Total analyzed
oa oIVOMD analyzed --
a -- N analyzed

28000





21000.'





14000





7000
-00


0 .'' ."


1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 19E
YEAR ** **

Figure 1. Change in Agronomy Research Support Laboratory analysis of N and IVOMD from 1976 ghtough 1982. Loss of
Laboratory technician for N but some increase in OPS. ** Loss of work study sutdents, about 60 % loss of OPS support,
and loss of two technical assistance by Gallaher. ,*** Continued and additional loss of OPS support.




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