The Department of agricultural crops and cropping systems at the Agricultural and Nutritional Experimental Center of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Merbitz was established in January 2013. The center offers 16.7 ha for field trials and crop research. Besides the Kühnfeld, Merbitz is the second field trial station of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Currently, no long-term experiments are conducted here, but new projects are planned for the near future.
The Experimental Center is located in the south-eastern part of the fertile Loess-Chernozem region. The soil type is a Chernozem. The soil textures occurring on the site are described as sandy loam, loam, or silty clay loam, with a pH of 6.8.
The site lies leeward of the Harz mountains, in the Central German dry area (51°36’38.6“N, 11°53’27.8″E). The annual average temperature 2014 to 2020 was
10.6 °C, the average annual precipitation in the same period amounted to 428.4 mm.
Department of agricultural crops and cropping systems at the Agricultural and Nutritional Experimental Center Merbitz
Head: Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Look
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät III
Institut für Agrar- und Ernährungswissenschaften
Abteilung: Nutzpflanzen und Anbausysteme