This nearly level, moderately well drained soil is in depressions in terraces
and outwash plains. Areas are irregular in shape and range mostly from 3 to 50
acres. Slopes range from 0 to 3 percent.
Typically the surface layer is dark brown sandy loam about 6 inches thick. The
subsoil is 22 inches thick. The upper 9 inches is dark yellowish brown sandy
loam; the middle 6 inches is yellowish brown, mottled sandy loam; and the lower
7 inches is yellowish brown, mottled loamy sand. The substratum is yellowish
brown, mottled gravelly sand to a depth of 60 inches or more.
Included with this soil in mapping are small areas of excessively drained
Hinckley and Windsor soils, some what excessively drained Merrimac soils, well
drained Agawam soils, moderately well drained Ninigret and Deerfield soils, and
poorly drained Walpole soils. Also included are small areas of soils with slopes
of more than 3 percent. Included areas make up about 10 per cent of this map
The permeability of this soil is moderately rapid in the surface layer and
subsoil and rapid in the substratum. Available water capacity is moderate, and
runoff is slow. This soil has a high water table at a depth of about 20 inches
from late fall through midspring. The soil is extremely acid through medium
This soil is suitable for community development. The main limitation for this
use is the seasonal high water table. Onsite sewage disposal systems need
special design and installation to prevent pollution of ground water. If
suitable outlets are available, subsurface drains can be used to help prevent
wet basements. Slopes of excavated areas are commonly unstable.
This soil is suited to trees, but most areas are cleared and used for cultivated
crops and pasture.
The soil is suited to cultivated crops. It dries out and warms up slowly in the
spring, limiting early planting and machinery operation, and artificial drainage
The use of cover crops and the return of crop residue to the soil help to
maintain tilth and organic matter content.
This soil is suited to woodland wildlife habitat and openland wildlife habitat.
It is not suited to wetland wild life habitat because it is too dry in the
summer. Capability subclass IIw; woodland group 4o.