ECBEastern Corn Belt
Who operates and manages this LTAR site?
The Soil Drainage Research Unit (SDRU), and The National Soil Erosion Research Lab of USDA-ARS.
The Eastern Cornbelt LTAR sees an average annual temperature of 7 to 10 ˚C, with an average high of X˚C in July and an average low of X˚ C in January. The average annual rainfall is 760-915 mm.
- One Eddy flux covariance system
- LTAR weather station
- Multiple sampling flumes
- Instrumented unit source watersheds: V-notch weirs, tipping bucket rain gauges, automated water samplers
- Chemistry labs
- Fixed wing RTK UAV
Farm Resource Regions: Heartland
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUC-2): Region 4 (Great Lakes) and 5 (Ohio)
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON): D7 – Appalachians / Cumberland Plateau
NRCS Major Land: Location of MLRA 99-Erie/Huron Lake Plain, and MLRA 111B-Indiana and Ohio Till Plain, Northeastern Part
LTAR Research Emphases
- Carbon, water, and energy measurements with flux towers
- Cropping system, hydrologic and erosion modelling
- Climate downscaling, and climate impacts assessment, and mitigation strategies
- Remote sensing of ET, drought, and vegetation
- Soil biology and ecology
- Sustainable intensification review (Kleinman)
- Water balance/budgets (Baffaut)
- Farm modeling – IFSM (Kleinman)
- Manureshed (Spiegel)
- Soils and soil health groups (Moorman)
King, K.W., M.R. Williams, D.R. Smith, G.A. LaBarge, J.M. Reutter, E.W. Duncan, L.A. Pease. 2018. Addressing agricultural phosphorus loss in artificially drained landscapes with 4R nutrient management practices. J. of Soil Water Conservation. doi:10.2489/jswc.73.1.35
Williams, M.R., King, K.W., Duncan, E.W., Pease, L.A., Penn, C.J. 2018. Fertilizer placement and tillage effects on phosphorus leaching in fine-textured soils. Soil and Tillage Research. 178:130-138.
Pease L.A., K.W. King, M.R. Williams, G.A. LaBarge, E.W. Duncan, N.R. Fausey. 2018. Phosphorus export from artificially drained fields across the Eastern Corn Belt. Journal of Great Lakes Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2017.11.009
King, K.W., M.R. Williams, L.T. Johnson, D.R. Smith, G.A. LaBarge, and N.R. Fausey. 2017. Phosphorus Availability in Western Lake Erie Basin Drainage Waters: Legacy Evidence across Spatial Scales. Journal of Environmental Quality 46: 466-469.
Duncan, E.W., K.W. King, M.R. Williams, G. LaBarge, L.A. Pease, D.R. Smith, N.R. Fausey. 2017. Linking soil phosphorus to dissolved phosphorus losses in the Midwest.Agriculture & Environmental Letters. doi:10.2134/ael2017.02.0004
Williams, M.R., K.W. King, D.B. Baker, L.T. Johnson, D.R. Smith, and N.R. Fausey. 2016. Hydrologic and biogeochemical controls on phosphorus export from Western Lake Erie tributaries. Journal of Great Lakes Research 42: 1403-1411.
Other Networks (where data is shared)
USDA Climate Hub
Eastern Corn Belt
West Lafayette, IN
Soil Drainage Research Unit, Hoytville and Edy Flux site:
West Lafayette (Edy flux site) :
Heidelberg University (Maumee Watershed):
Kevin King (LD, RL), Chi-Hua Huang (RL), Laura Johnson (Heidelberg University)