The site of the "Cullars Rotation" experiment (c. 1911) is on the SW corner of S. College Street and Woodfield Drive in Auburn, Alabama, on a field that many of the retired professors from Auburn University refer to as the "Alvis Field". This property has been part of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station since the late 1800s, I think. I've been wanting to document where the name "Cullars" originated, but have been unable to do so. I have been told that there was a Cullars family in Auburn around the turn of the century so I just assumed that at one time, a Mr. Cullars farmed this land or perhaps owned the property.
I haven't checked with the Lee Co. Courthouse to try and document this. However, I would really like to know for sure how this experiment got its name. If you think you know, please share this information with me. I've been responsible for maintaining this experiment since 1984 when I joined the faculty at Auburn University. During this time, I have discovered that this experiment is (1) the second oldest continuous cotton experiment in the world (the Old Rotation, c. 1896, at Auburn is older) and (2) the oldest soil fertility experiment in the South.
Check out the information I wrote on the Cullars Rotation from our home pagewww.auburn.edu/dept/ay/index.html. In this, I assumed the name Cullars came from a 19th century farmer, but I'm not sure.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
Extension Agronomist-Soils & Professor
Dept. Agronomy & Soils
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Auburn University, AL 36849
Phone: (334) 844-5489
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