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The Cullars Rotation / The Alvis Field and Cotton Rust

 
 
The Cullars Rotation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, October 16, 2021
1. The Cullars Rotation Marker
Inscription.  
The Cullars Rotation
(Established 1911)
The Cullars Rotation is the oldest, continuous soil fertility study in the South and the second oldest cotton study in the world. It was started in 1911 by the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station on the farm of J.A. Cullars and John P. Alvis. In 1938, the "Alvis Field" was sold to Alabama Polytechnic Institute which became Auburn University in 1960. The experiment consists of 14 soil fertility variables in three blocks that are rotated with cotton followed by a winter legume, corn followed by wheat, and soybeans planter after wheat.

The Alvis Field and Cotton Rust
In the late 1800s, J.P. Alvis and J.A. Cullars farmed this property which later became known as the "Alvis Field." They allowed Prof. F. F. Atkinson, a biologist
The Alvis Field and Cotton Rust Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, October 16, 2021
2. The Alvis Field and Cotton Rust Marker
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at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama, to use this site to study cotton rust, a disease that causes cotton plants to shed leaves early. Atkinson's research in 1890 led to the discovery that cotton rust was caused by a potassium deficiency. As a result, the Cullars Rotation was started in 1911. Today, potassium fertilizers are used on cotton throughout the South.
 
Erected 2006 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Auburn Heritage Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureEducationHorticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
 
Location. 32° 35.271′ N, 85° 28.979′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from Woodfield Drive, 0.1 miles east of South College Street (Alabama Route 15), on the right when traveling east. Located at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 S College St, Auburn AL 36830, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured
The Cullars Rotation / The Alvis Field and Cotton Rust Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, October 16, 2021
3. The Cullars Rotation / The Alvis Field and Cotton Rust Marker
as the crow flies. Advancing American Art Collection (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Old Rotation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Founders' Oak (approx. 0.6 miles away); Auburn University and the Alabama Farmers Federation (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pine Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Desegregation at Auburn (approx. 1.1 miles away); Auburn University (approx. 1.1 miles away); Auburn WWI Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
 
More about this marker. Marker went missing for many years.
 
Also see . . .  Encyclopedia of Alabama about Cullars Rotation. (Submitted on June 16, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 861 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 16, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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May. 17, 2022