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Using Soil Data -

What soil data are in a Conservation Plan?

  1. Legible soil map
    • One theme = One Map
      • If you are making soils map, show soils and soil labels; do not use field labels, acres, tract number, etc.
      • Print more maps for field/tract information, planned practices, etc.
    • Use soil map unit symbols
      • Colors are OK but rarely work by themselves. They look different on different land uses.
      • Use the Map Labels Button in Toolkit to create labels on the soil map
        • Labels can be moved
        • Labels can be made a different color
        • References: Guide to ArcMap Basics, Appendix D; Online Toolkit Help (Toolkit ArcMap Extension, Map Labels Tool)
    • Other tips:
      • Field boundaries, roads, streams can be shown on the soil map but do not label them. Show them only when needed.
      • Is the aerial photography really needed? Ortho may add much needed information but, does it? Try looking at the soil map with out it. Does it relay the same information?
      • Solid colors look different over woods, water, mowed fields, etc - separation of semi-transparent colors may be hard for some people.
      • Be sure you are using the color ramp "Basic Random"
  2. Legend for soil map
  3. Map unit descriptions

Soil Map Examples

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Solid Color use of 3 soil map units  





Use of symbols