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The latest in agricultural insights from a USDA-ARS and University supported long-term agoecological research site. We specialize in the dryland farming region of the inland pacific northwest.

During CAF LTAR's DataCAFe, Dr. Eric Russell led a discussion on working with data from different sources and ways to avoid issues. He used his experience working with 18 LTAR sites as a way to illustrate his points. His write up is below. As a co-lead processing eddy covariance (EC) data for an active working group within LTAR, the division between those who are familiar with ...

During CAF LTAR's DataCAFe, Qiuping (Ellen) Peng led a discussion on different methods of calculating mean residence time (MRT) of soil organic matter. After much discussion and merriment, Ellen then tried to steer the crowd towards a discussion on how to relate MRT to flux data from EC towers. Her write up is below. Understanding the turnover rate of soil organic carbon (SOC) ...

Deciding whether or not to plant a spring crop is a difficult decision.  A spring crop could bring in some much needed revenue and help reduce soil erosion, but could also deplete soil moisture. A critical reduction in soil moisture could ultimately impact winter wheat yields.  To add more tools to your decision making tool-belt, we've generated a few maps to help you make that ...