Röbäcksdalen Field Research Station and Dairy Research Barn

Last changed: 02 July 2020
A barn with a group of cows on a white clover field in front. Photo.

We carry out research and monitoring in a variety of areas such as agricultural science, ecology, climatology, phenology, geochemistry, biology, agroecology, soil science, animal science, food science and environmental science.

Röbäcksdalen - a part of Umeå city

At Röbäcksdalen in Umeå there are two sections, a field research station and research dairy farm facility, belonging to the department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden. Röbäcksdalen represents a district in Umeå. The Röbäck plains, which makes up the majority of Röbäcksdalen, is the largest continous agricultural land in northern Sweden. The urban location of the infrastructure open up opportunities and invites other research disciplines outside of natural science.

The entire infrastructure encompasses 300 hectares of fields and pastures. At the field research station about 40 field trials are conducted annually. The station also coordinates trials on three more field stations in northern Sweden with focus on crop science. At the research dairy facility there are 120 dairy cows available for doing trials focusing mainly on forage and sustainable food production.

SITES - Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science

The field research station is one out of nine stations in SITES (Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science) SITES is a nationally co-ordinated infrastructure for terrestrial and limnological field research that will help to strengthen Swedish research based on measurements and experiments carried out in the field. SITES is accessible for researchers on equal terms,
regardless of the organisation of the researcher. Through SITES the station has taken part in two initiative SITES Spectral and SITES Water (see facts box).

Overall the infrastructure at Röbäcksdalen has excellent conditions for
teaching and applied studies of crop cultivation, animal science, soil science, climatology and research at an ecosystem level. Moreover, the infrastructure at the research dairy farm offers research on cultivation, evaluation and feeding of roughage, primarily to dairy cows and sheep.

Visitors and users of the infrastructure can get access to the land and a
stream collecting drainage and surface runoff-water from the area, animals in the dairy facility, workshop, machines, measuring equipment and technique, personnel, laboratories and working stations. Data from the station is also available, both thorugh SITES and from the long term experiments that are cultivated at the field station.

Facts:

SITES has three monitoring programs which continously creates data. Röbäcksdalen reserach station is part of two of these programs.

SITES Spectral is an infrastructure for collecting spectral data for ecosystem monitoring.

SITES Water builds a unique long-term measurement program where hydrological, physical, chemical, and biological parameters within lakes and streams are measured.


Contact

Boel Sandström, Experiment Group Leader/Head of Field Research Station
Department of Agriculture research for Northern Sweden, SLU
boel.sandstrom@slu.se, +46(0)90-786 8739

Johanna Wallsten, Researcher/Deputy Head of Dept./SITES manager Röbäcksdalen
Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden
johanna.wallsten@slu.se, +46(0)90-786 8716

Page editor: malin.barrlund@slu.se