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 Soils of Minnesota:

Soil Surveys:


Soil Data

Digital Soil Data for Minnesota

Web Soil Survey

Soil Data Access
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Web services and applications designed for custom requests for soil data.


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Geospatial Data Gateway
Soils and other GIS layers may also be found at the Geospatial Data Gateway.

The Geospatial Data Gateway (GDG) is the One Stop Source for environmental and natural resources data, at any time, from anywhere, to anyone. The Gateway allows you to choose your area of interest, browse and select data from our catalog, customize the format, and have it downloaded or shipped on CD or DVD.



Soil View CD
Information on the interactive Soil Survey on a CD-ROM. Includes manuscript, tables, soils, imagery, digital topographic quadrangles and more, with a GIS engine, to provide real functionality to digital soil data. [SoilView]


Soil Surveys

How To Get a Soil Survey Report
Published Soil Surveys for Minnesota: current and out-of-print soil surveys and contact information for requesting a paper or CD copy.

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Web Soil Survey
Online  Web Soil Survey - Official USDA soil information as viewable maps and tables for more than 2300 soil surveys. From Web Soil Survey you can view soils maps, make thematic maps, run reports and view Soil Survey manuscripts (where available).

High Intensity Soil Surveys
DRAFT Standard and specifications for high intensity soil surveys

Soil Survey of the Future
Paper on LiDAR Enhanced Soil Survey (LESS Model) (PDF, 624 kb)

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Minnesota Cooperative Soil Survey

What is a Soil Survey?
History of Soil Survey in Minnesota
The Next Generation and MLRA Concept
Governors Proclamation of Soil Survey
Cooperators in Minnesota Soil Survey Program
Soils of Minnesota
Drummer - Minnesota State Soil

Other Soil Resources

Soils Information. Helping People Understand Soils
Soil Biology
Soil Education
Scoop on Soil Game

Soil Health and Quality
Technical References
Minnesota Urban Manual
Urban Soil Issues
NRCS Climate Reports (Narratives and Tables) for Soil Survey Regions
eFOTG: NRCS electronic Field Office Technical Guide

University of Minnesota Soil Productivity Publications
Laboratory Data for Minnesota
Official Series Descriptions
Tabular Soils Data
Hydric Soils List
  - eFOTG (Section 2)
  - Web Soil Survey
  - Field Indicators of Hydric Soils (PDF)

Cooperators and Partners

United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service
University of Minnesota, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Minnesota State Geological Survey
Minnesota Department of Transportation
USDA Forest Service
Minnesota Cooperative Extension Service
Association of Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Minnesota Soil Classifiers Association
County Boards of Commissioner
U.S. Geological Survey
Minnesota Natural History Survey
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources


Minnesota Soil Classifiers Association
Soil Science Society of America
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
NASA Soils


Soils, Natural Resource, and Geospatial Links (docx)
Soils Reference, Wetland, NRCS Field Office Links (xlsx)