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Image 23 of Annual report. 1917

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

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Kentucky Agricultural Exper/iwizleizt Station. 9 AGRONOMY i BY Gnome Ronnnrs. · No 11ew projects have bee11 inaugurated during the year. _ Si11ce 11CH1`ly all problems i11 soil fertility Ellltl crop production _ require a ]1ll111lJ€I` of years of careful experimeiitation for solu- tion, practically all of tl1c work of this department is laid out _ I to extend thru a period of years. In the case of soil fertility i experiments, especially, tl1c value of the results inereases witl1 _ the length of ti111e the experiinent has bee11 Tlllllllllg`. There is much new work that should be begu11 at once, but · it will be impossible to do so on the flU1(lS available for tl1is · li11e of work. Instead of eight soil experiinent fields i11 tl1c State, twenty-five to thirty co11ld be operated \\'ll[ll great bc11e- fit. There are many types of soils i11 the State not represented ` hy the experinient. fields 110\V i11 operation. ln addition to fur- 11isl1i11g i11for1natio11 upo11 which to base 1`CC(>ll11`l1(’ll(lHfl()llS, fllCSQ fields serve as a very COll\'lllC1llQ,` denionstration to the y . farmers of tl1c adjacent territory. lt wo11ld be ideal to have experiment fields so loeated that every 11l1P()1`f2lllI[ agricultural eo1111ty i11 the State would eitl1er have a field or ,10111 a eo1111ty ` having o11e. Many far111ers f1'01l1 adjoining counties l1avc visited the experiinent fields located at Lexington, (lreenville, _~ Russellville, Lone Oak ()le(`raeken (`ounty) and Mayfield. a11d will visit the others the coming season \Vll(‘ll field meet- i11gs will be held. The other three fields are loeated at Lin- eoln Ridge, Shelby (`ounty. Berea, Madison (`ouuty, and Faris- ton, Laurel (`ounty. A drainage system was installed by Berea College on the Berea field i11 the spring of 1917.