Agronomic Yields of Alfalfa — Main Cropping System Experiment (MCSE)

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Dry matter yields from machine harvests of the MCSE Alfalfa treatment (T6). Note some years have multiple harvests per year and some years are missing due to management as a 5- to 6-year rotation with winter wheat as a 1-year break crop

This datatable is part of the Agronomic Yields of Row Crops dataset.

This dataset contains the agronomic yields of row crop treatments of the Main Cropping System Experiment (MCSE) at the LTER Main Site and includes corn––soybean–winter wheat rotations (T1-T4), managed differently since 1989, and alfalfa (T6, 1994-2017) which was converted to switchgrass (T6) in 2019. Agronomic yields are measured during normal crop harvest using machine harvesters appropriate to each crop as detailed in the KBS Aglog.


Experiment: Main Cropping System Experiment (MCSE)
Data available from: May 1992 to June 2012
Dataset: KBS020
Datatable ID: KBS020-003.90
Core Areas Primary Production,Disturbance
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Last Updated 2024-03-18
Variate Description Units
date date of the harvest
treatment treatment
replicate replicate
crop crop harvested
yield t ha dry yield in metric tons per hectare

Data Excerpt

date treatment replicate crop yield_t_ha
2012-06-13 T6 R6 Medicago sativa L. 4.5
2012-06-13 T6 R5 Medicago sativa L. 4.26
2012-06-13 T6 R4 Medicago sativa L. 4.83
2012-06-13 T6 R3 Medicago sativa L. 4.36
2012-06-13 T6 R2 Medicago sativa L. 3.9
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