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Image 12 of Annual report. 1926

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\· - ‘·‘ — ' * . I . . 6 Thirty-ninth, Annual Report Noteworthy progress has been made in studies of the l I i V pathology of sterility in mares, mosaic and frenching of plants, _ I the effect of the rarer elements on plant growth and soil im- I Q provemcnt. The findings of the Experiment Station continue i to be increasingly used by the farmers of the state, as is evi- _ Q denced by correspondence, personal calls and requests for i bulletins. _ _ , Economic studies of agriculture have been greatly en- · . _ larged during the past two years. Much material is being V S accumulated and published which should be of aid to the farmer in meeting the larger economic problems confronting i V him. Interest in these particular studies is marked and show- = i _ ing a steady increase. However, the adoption of methods and I practices indicated by the results of these studies is not rapid, · I _ but is in about the same proportion as the adoption of improved . methods applying to production. ` I I The Experiment Station continues to give much attention v J · I · -,_, to the study of soil problems in the state. An examination of · the various economic studies or of the condition of agriculture l _ _ in the state serves to convince the student of the outstanding i need of a sound soil policy on the part of landowners. Irre- _ · · spective of probable prices, markets and labor supply, the need . i of a productive soil is imperative. Kentucky must have larger L , s ‘ { ' areas on which the soil is properly maintained before it may { ·_ have the agricultural incomes which natural conditions justify. ° ··c_ ‘·V. 3 Hence, the Experiment Station will continue to emphasize this L ` _. field of research and the application of its results, that there ,_ if { _ may be a sound foundation upon which to construct a progres- { , sive and prosperous ag1·ieulture. ii The addition of one hundred and three acres to the lands *3 of the Experiment Station, authorized by the last legislature, 5 is has been most helpful, not only in consolidating its holdings, V but in providing opportunity for the necessary growth of its _ work. The agricultural land available at the substations, at lg}, ·»i_' seven soil experiment fields and at the Experiment Station, is typical of the principal soil areas of the state, and enables a direct application of experimental evidence to each agricultural , _.-'_ E7':.