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12 > Image 12 of Annual report. 1921

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

`K; 2 . 12 Thirty-Fourth Amzzzal Report manent soil building, bring to farmers an early recognition of the fact that the only institution in a position to help in the _ study of the essentials of these problems is the Experiment , . Station. Its usefulness to them is largely dependent upon its forwardness in anticipating the agricultural problems that will T require solution. Similarly the livestock farmer and the veter- t - inarian are largely dependent upon,the Experiment Station for careful and detailed diagnosis and treatment of new epidemics p and diseases. As an illustration, the veterinarians of the Ex- periment Station, during the year, located three herds in- i fected with the fatal Johncs disease, a disease reported to be E common in the Jersey Isles, but unfamiliar to the breeders in this country. Prompt diagnosis and advice as to preventive treatment have probably resulted in saving the owner a large part of a valuable herd. Similar examples of the practical ap- plication of the scientific work of the Experiment Station may be cited in every Held of agriculture. The only limit to the as- sistance that may be given agriculture in the state is the limit , of the support given to the Experiment Station. , The present support of the Experiment Station is entirely inadequate to enable it to meet even the more pressing prob- lems. The area of farm lands owned by the Experiment Sta- tion should be increased to at least six hundred acres. liittle f additional progress may be made in the conduct of soil and , crop experimental work at the Kentucky Experiment Station until more land is available. During the past year, the more pressing needs of new in- vestigations in the state have been '-analyzed. The following ; problems are state-wide or almost so but may not be fully un- , dertakcn or are awaiting action until added support is avail- v able. 1. Investigation of the method of control of diseases affect- ing tobacco and corn. ` 2. Investigation to develop more economic methods of ap- plying the principles and practices of soil building. 3. A detailed soil survey of all important agricultural coun- ties. 1