Morrow Plots, a University Tradition

Morrow Plots, a University Tradition

Dec 5
Wendy White, Crop Sciences Undergrad Recruiter
  

The Morrow Plots have been a long-standing icon of the College of ACES and the University as a whole. They were established in 1876 in order to conduct better agricultural research. They are now the oldest agronomic experiment fields in the United States and include the longest-term continuous corn plot in the world. In 1968, the Morrow Plots became a National Historic Landmark!

Each year semester the Field and Furrow Club takes an hour to go through the plots and clean the junk and weeds out of the hedges that border the plots, in an effort to serve their campus community and keep the Plots looking neat and tidy. Not to mention, it is a chance for students to cross entering the Morrow Plots off their bucket list!

The Morrow Plots is one example of the great tradition of innovative and cutting edge research conducted at the University of Illinois.  I find it very interesting the juxtaposition of the history of the Morrow Plots ongoing experiment and the data being collected there, with the adjacent Institute for Genomic Biology which is on the forefront of molecular and genetic scientific discovery decoding DNA’s book of every living thing.