Sanborn Field is an agricultural experiment field located on the Missouri University campus. It is significant for being the first agricultural testing facility in the country to study crop erosion, the effect of fertilizers, and crop rotation. Former College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources dean J.W. Sanborn established it in 1888 to investigate why fields would gradually become less and less productive. Seven acres in size, the research conducted here has had a tremendous impact on agricultural practices. As a result of his research, Sanborn developed effective crop rotation techniques.
Backstory and Context
Dumas, Breck. "Sanborn Field." Columbia Business Times. August 29, 2017. https://columbiabusinesstimes.com/2017/08/29/sanborn-field.
Nelson, Sam. "'Where giants walk:' Sanborn Field Marks 130 years of breakthroughs." June 25, 2018. https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/higher_education/where-giants-walk-sanborn-field-marks-years-of-breakthroughs/article_f810c7e4-8f85-11e8-9eb3-a78448205164.html.
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