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Natural and Applied Sciences Archives: Morrow Plots

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James H. Pettit and Dr. Cyril Hopkins taking soil samples from the Morrow Plots c. 1896-1903

James H. Pettit, assistant in soil analysis at the Agricultural Experiment Station (left) and Professor Cyril Hopkins (right) taking soil samples in the Morrow Plots. The photo was most likely taken between 1896 and 1903.

About the Morrow Plots

Established in 1876, the Morrow Plots are the oldest experimental crop field in the Americas and the second-oldest in the world. Research on the plots has been instrumental in understanding soil nutrient depletion, and the effects of crop rotation and fertilizers. 

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