Soil profile of the Drummer soilIllinois Soils
Drummer  - Illinois State Soil [PDF 69kb]

"... the soil survey will never be completed because I cannot conceive of the time when knowledge of soils will be complete. Our expectation is that our successors will build on what has been done, as we are building on the work of our predecessors."

[ A portion of a letter by R.S. Smith, the Director of the Illinois Soil Survey, dated September 27, 1928, in response to the Comptroller of the University of Illinois when asked to make an estimate of the cost of completing the state soil survey.]


 Soils of Illinois:

Soil Health

Soil Data

Soil Surveys:



Soils of Illinois

Illinois Soil Regions

Keys to Illinois Soils

USE1 Soil Key (XLS, 125 kb)
USE1 Alphabetical Reference Key (XLS, 156 kb)
USE1 Numerical Reference Key (XLS, 90 kb)

Illinois Suite of Maps

These maps were produced from data available from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service  Soil Data Mart. Please send your comments to Ron Collman, State Soil Scientist. (Posted 11/6/09)


Soil Data

Digital Soil Data for Illinois
Soil Survey

Soil Data Mart - (Download official soil tabular and spatial data (SSURGO))Soil Data Mart logo
Known by the acronym SSURGO this is soil polygon and special feature data in DLG, Arc export and Arc coverage format, with associated tabular data. On the Soil Data Mart you can download soils data or view and print reports.

Soil Data Viewer may be used with ArcGIS software to run tables and make thematic maps.

Soil Data Access
 Soil Data Access Web page header

Web services and applications designed for custom requests for soil data.

Logo for Data Gateway

Geospatial Data Gateway
Soils and other GIS layers may also be found at the Geospatial Data Gateway.



Digital Soils Fact Sheet

Soil View CD
Information on the interactive Soil Survey on a CD-ROM. Includes manuscript, tables, soils, imagery, digital topographic quadrangles and more, with a GIS engine, to provide real functionality to digital soil data. [SoilView]


Soil Surveys

How To Get a Soil Survey Report
Published Soil Surveys for Illinois: current and out-of-print soil surveys and contact information for requesting a paper or CD copy.

Button to push for Web Soil Survey

Web Soil Survey
Online Web Soil Survey - Official USDA soil information as viewable maps and tables for more than 2300 soil surveys. From Web Soil Survey you can view soils maps, make thematic maps, run reports and view Soil Survey manuscripts (where available).

High Intensity Soil Surveys
DRAFT Standard and specifications for high intensity soil surveys

Soil Survey of the Future
Paper on LiDAR Enhanced Soil Survey (LESS Model) (PDF, 624 kb)

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Illinois Cooperative Soil Survey

What is a Soil Survey?
History of Soil Survey in Illinois
The Next Generation and MLRA Concept
Governors Proclamation of Soil Survey
Cooperators in Illinois Soil Survey Program
Soils of Illinois
Drummer - Illinois State Soil

Other Soil Resources

Soils Information. Helping People Understand Soils
Soil Education
Scoop on Soil Game

Soil Quality
Technical References
Illinois Urban Manual
Urban Soil Issues
NRCS Climate Reports (Narratives and Tables) for Soil Survey Regions
eFOTG: NRCS electronic Field Office Technical Guide

University of Illinois Soil Productivity Publications
Laboratory Data for Illinois
US General Soil Map (STATSGO02)
Official Series Descriptions
Tabular Soils Data
Hydric Soils List

Cooperators and Partners

United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service
University of Illinois, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Illinois State Geological Survey
Illinois Department of Transportation
USDA Forest Service
Illinois Cooperative Extension Service
Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Illinois Soil Classifiers Association
County Boards of Commissioner
U.S. Geological Survey
Illinois Natural History Survey
Illinois Department of Natural Resources


Illinois Soil Classifiers Association
Other Professional Organizations

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For More Soils Information

Resource Soil Scientists for technical soil services (PDF, 247kb)

Ron.Collman State Soil Scientist
(217) 353-6639