Dataset: Woburn long-term liming experiment crop yields 1962-1996

Summary

The experiment tests the effects of different amounts of lime (and thus soil pH), P and K on the yields of a sequence of arable crops, on a sandy loam soil at Woburn Experimental Farm, from 1962-1996. Mg, Mn and S were tested on split plots at different times. Target soil pH was 4.5, 5.5, 6.5 and 7.5. There was a parallel experiment at Rothamsted Experimental Farm. The experiment was discontinued in 1997. The dataset contains plot and sub-plot yields for all plots and years, 1962-1996, details of all treatments applied (lime, P, K, Mg, Mn and S) and agronomic details (crop variety, sowing and harvest dates, basal fertilizer).

Methods

Period 1 (1962-1980): four lime levels with and without fertilizer P and K. Magnesium was tested on split plots 1974-1978. Period 2 (1981-1996): four lime levels with four P levels. Manganese was tested on split plots 1987-1990; Sulphur was tested on split plots 1991-1996. 2 replicates.

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Contributors

  • Margaret Glendining: Data curator
  • Nathalie Castells-Brooke: Data manager
  • Steve McGrath: Data collector
  • Sarah Perryman: Data curator
  • Keith Goulding: Data collector
  • Jonathan Holland: Researcher
  • Richard Ostler: Project manager

Dataset Access and Conditions

Rights Holder

Rothamsted Research

License

Creative Commons License This dataset is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (4.0).

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YOU MUST CITE AS: Margaret Glendining, Jonathan Holland, Steve McGrath, Keith Goulding (2020). Dataset: Woburn long-term liming experiment crop yields 1962-1996 Electronic Rothamsted Archive, Rothamsted Research 10.23637/wcs10-wltlyields-01

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Table Of Contents

Description

Note the included Excel file: 01-WobLTliming-yield.xlsx contains the same data as the CSV files below. The Excel file contains each of the CSV files as an Excel worksheet and is provided for users who prefer Excel over CSV.

Contents

File Dataset Name Description
README.html Readme File describing and explaining all details of the dataset (html)
README.txt Readme File describing and explaining all details of the dataset (txt)
crop_data.csv Crop yield data The main data table containing crop yield data for all plots and all treatments, 1962-1996
liming_factor_data.csv Liming treatment factor level descriptions Describes the different liming treatment factor levels used
p_factor_data.csv P treatment factor level descriptions Describes the different P treatment factor levels used
k_factor_data.csv K treatment factor level descriptions Describes the different K treatment factor levels used
mg_factor_data.csv Mg treatment factor level descriptions Describes the different Mg treatment factor levels used
mn_factor_data.csv Mn treatment factor level descriptions Describes the different Mn treatment factor levels used
s_factor_data.csv S treatment factor level descriptions Describes the different S treatment factor levels used
crop_types_data.csv Crop types List of crops grown with Latin names and AGROVOC concepts.
notes_data.csv Notes Additional explanatory notes for records in the crop_data table

Information is taken from original raw data sheets and analysis files, held in the archives at Rothamsted Research, and the Annual Rothamsted Yield Books. Verification includes checking of original plot yield data with published mean data from the Rothamsted Yield Books.

For further information and assistance, please contact the e-RA curators, Sarah Perryman and Margaret Glendining using the e-RA email address: era@rothamsted.ac.uk