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Jornada Experimental Range (USDA-ARS) monthly stocking data and pasture shape files from 1915 to 1952

posted on 2024-06-07, 19:07 authored by John P Ragosta, Kris Havstad, Brandon T Bestelmeyer, Darren James
This data package contains two types of data for the Jornada Experimental Range (JER) from 1915 to 1952: 1) shape files containing polygons and attribute tables that represent the pasture configurations on the Jornada Experimental Range and 2) monthly stocking data from these pastures. The livestock represented in the stocking data comprise cattle, horse, sheep, and goats. Grazing goats were infrequent and are grouped with sheep in the source data. As such for this data set, they are included in the sheep category. Stocking data are expressed in animal unit months (AUM), which is based on metabolic weight.This data package provides finer resolution AUM data than knb-lter-jrn.210412001, which presents the annual stocking data for the entire JER from 1916 to 2001. The stocking data in this package begins in June of 1915 and continues through December of 1952, the last year for which the researchers on this project have verified and digitized historical pasture configurations on the JER.


USDA-ARS, 3050-11210-009-00D


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Environmental Data Initiative (EDI)

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Geographic location - description

Jornada Experimental Range: Usda Jornada Experimental Range, Jornada Basin

ISO Topic Category

  • geoscientificInformation
  • climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
  • farming
  • environment
  • biota

Ag Data Commons Group

  • Jornada Experimental Range

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

agroecosystems; rangelands; sustainable agricultural intensification

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:040 - National Research

ARS National Program Number

  • 216

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  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public