Russia - Tula

Site Description

Locations

Russia
Site Extent   Centroid: 53.63, 37.23
Top left: 53.67, 37.14 Bottom Right: 53.59, 37.33

Site Description
Location: The site is located in the south of Tula region of Russia (Plavsk district).
Topography: The territory is characterized by slightly undulated plane, dissected by small rivers' valleys.
Soils: The dominant soil is chernozem with silty-clay texture and high humus content. The soil is eroded on slopes.
Drainage class/irrigation: The soil is moderately drained. Irrigation is absent.
Crop calendar: Winter crops are sowing in September. The flowering is at the end of May, harvesting – in July.
Field size: Typical field size is near 100 hectares.
Climate and weather:  The climate is temperate with moderately cold winter (air temperature is near -100C) and warm summer (air temperature is near +250C). Amount of precipitation is near 450 mm per year.
Agricultural methods used: Field visits. Soil and crop samples collection and analysis in the lab.

In Situ Observations:
Crop type. Discrimination among crop types in georeferenced plots. Frequency: once per crop season.
Soil moisture content. Measurements in selected georeferenced representative points. Frequency: before crop sowing, in the middle of the season, after crop harvesting.
Crop phenology. Visual determination of phenological states. Frequency: each month during the growing season.
Crop status. Using LAI and CF modelled based on analysis of nadir photos of crop canopy.
Soil erosion status (soil humus content). Samples collection in selected georeferenced representative points and analysis of humus content in laboratory. Frequency: once in the year, after the harvest.

Photograph(s):


Figure 1. "Fish-eye" photo over the winter wheat (germination phase)


Figure 2. Soil sampling and start of acquisition of UAV image


Figure 3. UAV image of test site in autumn

©2015 Joint Experiment for Crop Assessment and Monitoring
© HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT OF CANADA SA MAJESTE LA REINE DU CHEF DU CANADA (2015)