Soil and soil profile
The research station is located at the border of the region "Querfurter Platte" and is part of the Chernosem region in Saxony-Anhalt, a loam system in the foreland of the Harz mountains. It is located in the Central German Dry Area with a mean annual temperature of 8.7 °C and a mean annual precipitation of 484 mm (mean 1896-2004). The Chernosem was elected to be the "Soil of the year 2005" with the soil profile in Bad Lauchstädt being the model system.
A complete description of soil chemical, physical and biological traits is given in this publication: