MADISON, WISCONSIN - Soil maps provide farmers, crop consultants and conservation planners with important information for crop nutrition, soil fertility and soil and water conservation activities.

Do you need a soil map for farm land you operate, or for land you provide technical assistance to an agricultural producer on? The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has an on-line tool called Web Soil Survey - - http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/HomePage.htm. Web Soil Survey provides an electronic computerized method to create, print and save soil maps. To use Web Soil Survey you need a computer and internet access.

Click here http://fyi.uwex.edu/discoveryfarms/2010/12/use-web-soil-survey-to-create-a-usda-nrcs-soil-map-for-your-farm/ to see an example of how to create a soil map.

The basic soils map is just the beginning. You can explore and experiment with other features and tools within Web Soil Survey. You will find a lot of additional soil information, capabilities, limitations, land features, and ultimately the ability to create and save a custom soil resource report.

Soil maps provide farmers, crop consultants and conservation planners with important information for crop nutrition, soil fertility and soil and water conservation activities.

SOURCE: University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms