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Soil and Plant Science News

The latest news for the Soil and Plant Science Division.

2023 Annual Soils Refresh

The USDA NRCS, Soil and Plant Science Division refreshed the publicly available soil survey database on October 1. This Annual Soils Refresh (ASR) provides new soils data, updates to existing soils data, and new soil interpretations. This data is now available to the public through Web Soil Survey (WSS) or Soil Data Access (SDA). Read more ...

Lab Data Mart

Protect Your Investments in the Soil: USDA’s Modernized Lab Data Mart Provides User-Friendly, State-of-the-Art Data

The Lab Data Mart website offers a variety of soil information sampled by soil scientists nationwide and analyzed at the NRCS’ Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory (KSSL).

Videos and Webinars (YouTube)

Watch videos and webinars from the Soil and Plant Science Division. We dig deep to collect, inventory, interpret, and prepare the nation’s soil and ecological data for millions of diverse customers.

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