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LTAR Upper Mississippi River Basin - Morris - Swan Lake Research Farm Phenocam

The PhenoCam network is collecting color and near infrared images year-round using cameras in fixed positions on agricultural lands including a site located on the Swan Lake Research Farm. The network effort was initiated in 2015 at this long-term, plot-scale research site. The camera at the research farm on focused a plot-scale, replicated research study that was established in 1997 to assess the long-term impacts of various tillage management options on soil organic carbon. Initially the study included eight tillage treatments: no-tillage, moldboard + disk tillage, chisel tillage, and fall and spring residue management, with or without strip-tillage and strip-tillage + sub-soiling. In 2004, the number of treatments were reduced to no-tillage, moldboard tillage, and fall and spring residue management without strip-tillage. All tillage treatments also had an early or late planting date. In 2008, the strip-tillage plots were modified to explore alternative strategies for supporting cellulosic bioenergy feedstock production, including planting of cellulosic feedstock. The modification included adding perennials grasses into an extended 6-year rotation, winter cereal rye cover crops in a corn-soybean rotation, and an alternative Sorghum-Sudan grass hybrid forage system. Detailed soil and crop properties data have been collected from this site. This site is designated to be continued as part of the LTAR "common experiment" comparing agricultural and environmental results from "business as usual" and "aspirational best practices.

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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-95.8072 45.69, -95.7898 45.69, -95.7898 45.6707, -95.8072 45.6707))
The University of New Hampshire
Contact Name
Johnson, Jane
Contact Email
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Program Code
005:040 - Department of Agriculture - National Research
Bureau Code
005:18 - Agricultural Research Service
Source ID
Harvested from Geodata Harvest
Harvest Source TitleGeodata Harvest
Harvest Source URIhttps://geodata.nal.usda.gov/geonetwork/srv/eng/csw
Last Harvest PerformedThu, 04/22/2021 - 01:01
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