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Wisconsin State Soil Antigo Silt Loam

Antigo silt loam was named the official state soil of Wisconsin by an act of the State Legislature in 1983, a declaration intended to remind us of the vital importance of our soil resources.

Antigo silt loam was selected to represent the more than 550 different soils inAntigo Silt Loam - Wisconsin State Soil logo Wisconsin. It is a productive, well-drained soil with a light-colored surface layer developed under northern hardwood forests. Antigo soils are formed in silty material underlain by sand and gravel on glacial outwash plains.

Antigo silt loam is a versatile soil, supporting mainly dairy, potato, and timber production.

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Antigo Silt Loam Fact Sheet  (PDF; 294 KB)
Antigo Silt Loam Poster (8.5x11) for kids  (PDF; 126 KB)
Wisconsin State Soil: Antigo Silt Loam - This fact sheet is more technical and includes more soil science information.  (PDF; 66 KB)

Photo of farmland containing Antigo Silt Loam and the soil profile.

Antigo Silt Loam Song

Francis Hole, former UW Professor of soil science wrote the Antigo Silt Loam song.

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Francis Hole's comments on the Antigo Silt Loam song.  Transcript.
Hear the Antigo Silt Loam songTranscript.

Antigo Silt Loam Song Performed by the 3rd and 4th Grade Students of Antigo Elementary School as part of the "Year of Soil - 2006" Celebration.

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Francis Hole memorial page. Transcripts of the Antigo Silt Loam song, and other songs and comments by Francis Hole are available here.

Soil Song transcripts and sheet music are available here, including the Antigo Silt Loam song.