This area of the NRCS New York Technical Resources Web site provides information related to soils.

Soil Health Across the Nation

NEW Soil Health map 2014

A growing number of America’s farmers are using soil health management systems to improve the health and function of their soil—and we’re working hand-in-hand with these producers through our technical and financial assistance programs and services to help ensure their success. Click here to use an interactive map and find out what’s happening in New York and other states regarding soil health and learn more about some of the farmers who are unlocking the secrets in the soil.




Soil Survey Update

Hydrologic Soil Groups Updated

Hydrologic Soil Groups (HSG) for soils in New York have been updated. The updates were done so that the data is consistent with the current criteria for determining group assignments, as defined in the National Engineering Handbook.

Web Soil Survey

A screen shot of the Web Soil Survey web site

New! Web Soil Survey 3.0 has been released with new features. Read more.

Published Soil Surveys for New York

Web link graphic: Web Soil Survey

Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. It is operated by the USDA NRCS and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world.

Web Soil Survey Brochure (PDF; 2.2 MB)

Information Resources

Soil Surveys
New York Soils
USDA NRCS Soils Web site

A Little Bit of History

Universal Soil Loss Equation

The Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) has long been the tool of the Natural Resource Conservation Service to predict soil erosion due to water. Since it's creation, the USLE has played a critical role in NRCS's conservation planning process.

USLE History starts by taking you back to the early 1900s when Hugh Hammond Bennett, a soil surveyor for the USDA Bureau of Soils, saw the problems we faced with soil erosion and became this nation's advocate for soil conservation and soil erosion research.


NRCS raindrop and land logoThe NRCS New York Photo Gallery contains historic photos as well as other interesting topics.