Commentary: Official soil or new technology in New York
“It turns out that New York already has a state soil named Honeoye, which covers in excess of 240,000 acres and forms the base for New York’s most productive field and vegetable crops. It is a mineral soil, and while it has organic matter in it, with proper management it can continue to be sustainable and highly productive for the foreseeable future.
“While never legislatively established in New York, it was selected as the unofficial state soil in the 1980s due to its extreme importance for New York agriculture. It has already represented our state both nationally and internationally for quite some time, and was recently part of Smithsonian exhibit on our National Mall in Washington D.C. It is also a uniquely New York soil, found nowhere else in the world.”