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The Old Rotation

 
 
The Old Rotation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 15, 2014
1. The Old Rotation Marker
Inscription. Established in 1896 by Professor J.F. Duggar, the Old Rotation at Auburn University is: (1) the oldest, continuous cotton experiment in the U.S.; and (2) the 3rd oldest continuous field crop experiment in the U.S.; and (3) the 1st experiment to demonstrate the benefits of rotating cotton with other crops to improve yields & utilize nitrogen-restoring legumes in a cotton-production system. It continues to document the long-term effect of these rotations in the same soil.

The Old Rotation consists of 13 plots on 1 acre of land. Each plot is a different crop rotation of cotton with corn, summer legumes, winter legumes, and fertilizer nitrogen.

National Register of Historic Places, January 14, 1988.
 
Erected 1988 by the Alabama Historical Commission.
 
Location. 32° 35.624′ N, 85° 29.149′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker is on Lem Morrison Drive 0.1 miles north of Duncan Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Auburn University AL 36849, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Founders' Oak (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cullars Rotation / The Alvis Field and Cotton Rust
Part of the 13 plots on the 1 acre. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 15, 2014
2. Part of the 13 plots on the 1 acre.
(approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Pine Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Desegregation at Auburn (approx. 0.7 miles away); Auburn University (approx. mile away); Cary Hall (approx. mile away); Auburn University Chapel (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wittel Dormitory (approx. 0.8 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Auburn.
 
Also see . . .  Alabama's "Old Rotation" Experiment. (Submitted on June 15, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. AgricultureEducationHorticulture & Forestry
 
The Old Rotation Marker area near IT Building image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 15, 2014
3. The Old Rotation Marker area near IT Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 398 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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