Sanborn Field

Ever wonder what the blank space is on College and Rollins Roads? It’s the third oldest research field in the world. Yup, in the world.

Here’s a link to an in-depth article about the field from AgWeb Daily. https://www.agweb.com/news/crops/crop-production/meet-soil-whisperer-still-uncovering-secrets-soil-worlds-third-oldest

The article explains why the field is important and even notes that the 1888 field was aureomycin, the basis for the antibiotic tetracycline, was found and isolated to develop that drug.

The article also explains how the field has been and continues to be used to prove via research the importance of crop rotation and manure.

Want to dive deeper? Here’s a link to a July 24, 2018 Columbia Missourian article, which features some great photographs.

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