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Swan Lake Research Farm Weather Station LTAR UMRB-Morris Minnesota

posted on 2023-11-30, 08:42 authored by Jane Johnson

The United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory - Soil Management Unit established a weather data collection system at the Swan Lake Research Farm in 1997. Weather data collected include wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, relative humidity, air temperature, soil temperatures, soil heat flux, solar radiation, photosynthetic active radiation, and precipitation. In 2015 the site became part of the Long Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) project. The Swan Lake Research Farm is located in Stevens County Minnesota, in the Upper Mississippi River Basin (UMRB) watershed.

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Agricultural Research Service


Data contact name

Johnson, Jane

Data contact email


USDA Agricultural Research Service

Intended use

The Swan Lake Research Farm Weather Station measures and records micrometeorological conditions important to the research projects both on the farm and on a larger scale. Research at the Swan Lake Research Farm is funded by the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Programs NP 212 - "Soil and Air", and NP 305 "Crop Production". Data is made available to public on the lab's web site and the LTAR network website. The data collected help to explain results at the research farm and are utilized by scientists and modelers. Data are made available for large scale modelling efforts and regional farmers and consultants utilize the data for decision making.

Temporal Extent Start Date



  • irregular


  • Not specified

Geographic Coverage


ISO Topic Category

  • biota
  • environment
  • farming

Ag Data Commons Group

  • Upper Mississippi River Basin
  • Long-Term Agroecosystem Research

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

lakes; farms; Minnesota; United States; Agricultural Research Service; soil conservation management; meteorological data; data collection; wind speed; relative humidity; air temperature; soil temperature; soil; heat transfer; solar radiation; photosynthetically active radiation; agroecosystems; Mississippi River; watersheds; research projects; air; crop production; farmers; consultants; decision making; models

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:040 - National Research

ARS National Program Number

  • 212
  • 305

Pending citation

  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

Johnson, Jane (2021). Swan Lake Research Farm Weather Station LTAR UMRB-Morris Minnesota. USDA Agricultural Research Service.

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