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Information About Soils

The Iowa NRCS Soils Program provides quality soil, geographic, and resources information, products, and services to internal and external customers.When farmers no-till and plant cover crops, it improves soil structure.





Web Soil Survey

Web Soil Survey - Web Soil Survey provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. It is operated by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world.


Other Technical Resources

Iowa NRCS Soils Publications

From the Ground Down

Highway Guide of Iowa Soil Associations

From the Ground Down (PDF, 3.2 MB) -
An Introduction to Iowa Soil Surveys.

Highway Guide of Iowa Soil Associations (PDF, 5.8 MB)
For multiple copies, please call 1-888-LANDCARE.
Outside of Iowa, please call Jason Johnson at 515-323-2701










Rick Bednarek, State Soil Scientist
Phone: 515-323-2238