Living Field Laboratory

Objective
The Living Field Lab (LFL) Study was initiated in 1993 to extend basic findings from the LTER Main Cropping System Experiment to a more prescriptive setting that could better inform farmers and extension educators. Two integrated systems that include legume cover crops and composted dairy manure are compared to conventional and organic systems
Description
Temperate rain-fed field crop experiment factorial design
Farm operation data?
Sample archive?
Samples available?
 
Data Access Statement
Available online with registration
Data Access Notes
freely available online but account registration required first
Data license
No data license
Data URL
https://lter.kbs.msu.edu/datatables
Data policy
https://lter.kbs.msu.edu/data/terms-of-use/
Organizations
Michigan State University
research organisation
Kellogg Biological Station
experimental research station
Person
Prof Sieglinde Snaap
principal investigator
Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University
Department of Plant, Soil & Microbial Sciences

Site: Living Field Laboratory

Type
research station field
Local code
LFL
Location
Kellogg Biological Station
Michigan
USA
Geographic location
42.410825, -85.3749977
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Elevation
288 Metres
Visits permitted?
No
Soil type
acrisol
Soil description
American system: Alfisols, and more specifically: Typic Hapludalfs
Climatic type
warm humid continental climate
Climate properties
VariableTime periodValue (range)Units
air temperature10.1 degree Celsius
precipitation1000 millimeter

Design period: (1993—)

Design Type
split split plot
Description
A unique aspect of this rain-fed field crop experiment is the factorial nature allows elucidation of winter cover vs organic vs inorganic inputs
Design description
48 treatments 5.4 x 15 m https://lter.kbs.msu.edu/research/long-term-experiments/living-field-lab/
Number of plots
160
Number of replicates
4
Crops
CropYears grown
maize
wheat
soybeans
Crop Rotations
C-S-W
  • 1
    maize
  • 2
    soybeans
  • 3
    wheat
C-S
  • 1
    maize
  • 2
    soybeans
C
  • 1
    maize
    monoculture
Factor
tillage process
conventional tillage
intercropping
vegetable compost
integrated with compost
organic fertilizer
Measurements
VariableMaterialUnitsFrequencyScaleComment
grain yield traitAll cropsannual
grain quality traitsAll cropsoccasionally
soil total carbonNot specifiedoccasionally