Experiments done at Woburn

Experiments at Woburn

Experiment Code Purpose Duration
Woburn Ley-Arable W/RN/3 To test the effects of continuous arable and ley-arable cropping on crop production, soil organic matter dynamics and fertility in a sandy loam 1938-ongoing
Woburn Organic Manuring W/RN/12 To test the effects of organic manures and grass leys on soil fertility, organic matter and crop production 1964-ongoing
Woburn Long-term sludge W/CS/427 428 & 439 To test the effects of heavy metals contained in sewage sludge on soil fertility, crop quality and microbial activity. 1994-ongoing
Woburn Amounts of Straw W/CS/326 To observe the effects of straw incorporation on soil organic matter dynamics, soil structure and fertility on a sandy loam soil (there is a parallel experiment on a silty clay loam at Rothamsted). 1987-2017
Woburn Continuous Barley W/XB/6 To study the effects of fertilisers and manures on the yield of spring barley grown continuously. One of the first experiments to demonstrate the problems associated with soil acidification on cereal production following long-term use of ammonium fertilisers 1877-1966
Woburn Continuous Wheat W/XW/6 To study the effects of fertilisers and manures on the yield of winter wheat grown continuously. One of the first experiments to demonstrate the problems associated with soil acidification on cereal production following long-term use of ammonium fertilisers. 1876-1966
Woburn Intensive Cereals W/RN/13 On the site of the Woburn Continuous Wheat and Barley Experiments. Deals with the effects of intensive cropping with wheat or barley on yield, incidence of soil-borne diseases and organic matter in the soil. 1966-1990
Woburn Long-term Liming W/CS/10 To observe the effects of lime, P and K fertilizer treatments on the yield and composition of arable crops (there is a parallel experiment at Rothamsted) 1962-1997
Woburn Market Garden W/RN/4 To test the effects of organic inputs (FYM, compost and sewage sludge) on soil and crop yield. Later to test the effects of heavy metals, added in the sewage sludge. Part of the experiment was moved in 2005. The experiment was put under grass in 2006. 1942-2006
Woburn Continuous maize W/CS/478 To observe the effects of different organic matter inputs (maize tops vs cereal stubble) on soil organic matter dynamics and fertility on a sandy loam soil (there is a parallel experiment on a silty clay loam at Rothamsted) 1997-2015

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