Missouri Soils: The Facts
Soils are not all the same.
Like snow flakes, no two are exactly the same. Each different kind of
soil is called a series. These series are named for towns or local
landmarks. For example, Mexico soils are named for the town of the same
name located in north-central Missouri. More than 10,000 soil series have
been named and described in the United States, and more are being defined each
year. There are about 500 of these soil series in Missouri.
Much of our life's activities and pursuits are related to and influenced by
the soil beneath our houses, roads, septic and sewer systems, airports, parks,
recreation sites, farms, forests, schools and shopping centers. What is
put on the land should be guided by the soil that is beneath it.
Soil information can help you!
One reference available to help land users
determine the potentials and limitations of soils is a soil map and
corresponding interpretations. This information is available from the
Natural Resources Conservation Service at the
Web Soil Survey.
The information available was prepared by
soil scientists, who determine the properties of the soil, and predict soil
behavior for a host of uses. These predictions, often called soil
interpretations, are developed to help users of soils manage the resource.
Information about Missouri Soils
Menfro - Missouri's State Soil
National NRCS Soil Information
For more information, please contact:
Missouri Natural Resources Conservation Service
Parkade Center, Suite 250
601 Business Loop 70 West
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: (573) 876-0907
Fax: (573) 876-0913