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NASIS: Understanding Soil Interpretations (NRCS-NEDC-000279)


Soil survey interpretations predict soil behavior for specified soil uses and under specified soil management practices.  The ability to understand what a soil interpretation is, understand teh relationships of soil properties to interpretations, and develop the criteria for soil interpretations is valuable for all soil scientists.


Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Locate and list the criteria used in an interpretation;
  • Evaluate soil property data using interpretations;
  • Recognize data peculiarities versus criteria problems or script erros;
  • Define a soil interpreation and explain its application;
  • Display interpretive output spatially for testing and review of interpreations and related soil property data; and
  • Understand properties, evaluations, and rules of interpretations in the context of the fuzzy system.


Deliver Method

Classroom and field visits


Precourse: 1 Hour

Course: 6 Hours over 2 Days

Post Course: None


The course will be presented via blended learning to include instructor led distance learning using current NRCS means of delivery in conjunction with teleconferencing.  Connection information will be provided to participants.  No travel is involved. 

Course must be "attended" on an individual basis, one computer-one person. 

Course assignments must be turned in to receive credit for completing the course.

Target Audience

All soil scientists of GS-9 grade level and above once they have met the prerequisites.

NEDC Contact

Lisa Visokey

Technical Coordinator

Paul Finnell


Go to AgLearn to request enrollment in NASIS: Understanding Soil Interpretations (NRCS-NEDC-000279) 

The session will be scheduled via Central Time zone.  Please be aware of the start and end times in relation to where you are located.

Enrollment is limited to 30 within each session.