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National Geographic includes Auburn’s ‘Old Rotation’ cotton field in World’s Longest-Running Experiments list

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Old experiments there are not forgotten.

I’ve heard tales of young couples doing a little, ahem, experimenting of their own up at The Old Rotation back in the day. But the folks at National Geographic were only interested in its scientific history.

“Since 1896, scientists at Auburn University in Alabama have conducted a soil fertility experiment on a one-acre plot of land just south of the campus,” writes National Geographic.com, which included the ancient cotton field in their recent “7 of the World’s Longest-Running Experiments” list. “Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the “Old Rotation” experiment, as it’s called, was the first to show that a cotton and legume crop rotation could support a cotton crop indefinitely.”

h/t @kleph; photo via.

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