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PA Soils Information

Information to help understand soils and in conducting land-use decision making.

PSU Soil Characterization Database

Soils have been sampled and analyzed in Pennsylvania for characterization since 1954. Presently, 949 pedons (profiles) have been collected and analyzed. The Pennsylvania analysis system and data has been computerized. This system is available for download (select "Installation Instructions").

Location of Pedons
Figure 1 - Location map of the 949 characterized Pennsylvania pedons. Black squares are the pedon locations.

Instructions for Penn State University Soil Characterization Laboratory Database System

Manuals and Tools

The simple yet powerful way to access and use soil data. Tool available from USDA Natural Resource Conversation Services (NRCS)

This site has field indicator books you can download that show the hydric soil indicators for our region and includes a detailed color educational guide to hydric soil indicators for the Mid-Atlantic region. Run by Mid-Atlantic Hydric Soils Committee under US Environmental Protection Agency.

by the USDA Natural Resources Conversation Service (NRCS). Major land resource areas (MLRAs) are geographically associated land resource units (LRUs). Identification of these large areas is important in statewide agricultural planning and has value in interstate, regional, and national planning.

Soil Survey maps of MLRA 13 are available for download. Includes most of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Also a section of Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia. MLRA office is located in Morgantown, WV.

by USDA National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The online manual is available as pdf's

by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This field manual is available as a downloadable pdf (1.5 MB)

by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Soil classification information.

Organizations and Agencies

PAPSS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to foster the profession of soil classification, mapping, and interpretations, and to increase and further the dissemination of information concerning soil science as it contributes to the protection of the environment and general human welfare.

NRCS provides technical and financial assistance on a voluntary basis to farmers and landowners who want to address natural resource concerns on their land, such as soil erosion and water quality issues.

Publications

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Agronomy Series #88

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Agronomy Series #92

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Agronomy Series #100

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Agronomy Series #105

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Agronomy Series #108

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Agronomy Series #119

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Agronomy Series # 126

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Agronomy Series #127

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Agronomy Series #128

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Agronomy Series #131

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Agronomy Series #132

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Agronomy Series #133

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Agronomy Series #139

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Agronomy Series #140

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Agronomy Series #142

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Agronomy Series #143

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Agronomy Series #146

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Agronomy Series #147

Penn State Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin #873