Sanborn Field and Soil Erosion Plots

University of Missouri campus, Columbia, Missouri

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Description 

Situated on the University of Missouri campus, Sanborn Field, the country's second oldest soils and crop experimental field, was established in 1888, and the Soils Erosion Plots, the first such in the country for measuring runoff and erosion as influenced by different crops, in 1917. Research conducted here has led to improvements in agricultural practices and techniques, as well providing the foundation for the soil conservation movement in this country. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 19, 1964

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000413
Areas of significance
Science; Agriculture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Site
Historic functions
Agricultural fields; Research facility
Current functions
Agricultural fields; Research facility
Period of significance
1875-1899
Significant year
1888