Beef cattle tour at E.V. Smith Research Center Cover crops roller, machinery at E.V. Smith Research Center East Alabama cotton tour at E. V. Smith Research Center, 2010

E.V. Smith Research Center

Milstead, Macon County, Ala.
Land Area: 3,816 acres
Soils: Wickham fine sandy loam, Marvyn sandy loam, Orangeburg sandy loam

Located on Interstate 85 between Auburn and Montgomery, E.V. Smith Research Center is the most visible agricultural facility in Alabama. The only facility named for a former AAES director--Edwin V. Smith who served at Auburn from 1929 to 1972--it is also the largest and most comprehensive with research units in dairy cattle,  beef cattle, horticulture, plant breeding, field crops and biosystems engineering.  

Research Emphasis Areas

Animal health, nutrition and reproduction — Winter annual forage and grazing studies; dairy unit

Organic agriculture — Certified organic vegetable production

Plant breeding — Soybean, cotton and forage breeding

Sustainable agriculture — Conservation tillage research

Variety evaluations — Research on field and forage crops as well as vegetable crops and pecans


In 1978, a 3,200-acre tract of land located between Auburn and Montgomery was dedicated in honor of the director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station from 1951 to 1972 as the E.V. Smith Research Center and field work in agronomy, horticulture and beef and dairy cattle was relocated from the Auburn campus to the center. About half of the land was designated for a new plant science unit, another 350 acres for agronomy experiments on Alabama’s major row and forage crops with special emphasis on soybean research and about 200 acres for horticulture research. Bordering the plant science unit was an animal science unit where beef cattle nutrition, beef cattle breeding and dairy cattle management facilities provided modern installations to research a variety of livestock questions.

History adapted from the following publications:

Kerr, N.A. 1985. A History of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station: 1883-1983. Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn, Alabama.

Last Updated: October 13, 2011

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