By Allison Kroeger, USDA Earth Team Volunteer/ Intern
Whynot, North Carolina is located in Randolph County in the Greensboro-High Point Metro area. This area is recognized for their pottery and is located off of Highway 705, which is also known as the “North Carolina Pottery Highway.”
German and English settlers established Whynot in the 18th century. It got its name after much debate of what to name the community; one man asked “Why not name it Why Not and then we can go home,” thus the story began of Whynot, which leads us to the discovery of a new soil type.
USDA NRCS inventories soils throughout the U.S. including North Carolina. Whenever a new soil type is recognized it is named after a nearby place of origin. Soil scientists found a new soil type in Whynot and named their soil Wynott. Although it’s pronounced the same way, soil scientists dropped the “h” and added an extra “t” to give the soil name a more professional edge.
Wynott series consists of moderately deep, well drained soils with slow water movement through the subsoil. These soils are formed in residuum from gabbro, diorite and other dark colored mafic rocks. These soils are typically found in higher elevations in the Piedmont. Slope ranges from two to 45 percent. Near the Wynott soil type location, the average annual precipitation is about 47 inches with an average temperature of about 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Since Wynott has been found in Whynot, NC, soil scientists also have mapped this particular soil type in Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama