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23 > Image 23 of Annual report. 1917

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

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 ]1ll111lJI` 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.