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2010 Southern Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference

July 12-15, 2010
College Station, Texas

“Applying Science to the Field”


  • Update on the current status of the NRCS carbon assessment program
  • Delivery and application of carbon assessment results
  • How to assess changes in soil carbon as a function of land use and management changes
  • Dynamic soil properties
  • Development of ecological site descriptions


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A photo from the field trip area.

A one-day field trip on Wednesday will demonstrate state-of-the-art soil mapping tools at the Walnut Creek Lignite Mine in Calvert, Texas. Two sites will be mapped, one that has been reclaimed for 12 years and one native soil site. Directed soil sampling will be demonstrated using a map created by a landscape survey sensor that measures bulk soil electrical conductivity. Soil properties and horizon features of collected soil cores will be quantified using nondestructive proximal sensing (visible near-infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy) of the intact soil core. Additionally, a site-specific soil nutrient map and associate interpretations will be shown.

After the mine tour and demonstration, we will visit a Central Texas Vertisol. Participants will be encouraged to collect and take home their own Texas-sized slickenside.



Register for the Southern Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference at the following website: SRCSSC.

Advance registration cost is $195. Advance registration ends June 30, 2010. On-site registration will be $245. The registration cost for students attending the conference will be $50. Registration includes access to all presentations, morning and afternoon breaks on Monday through Thursday, lunch on Tuesday, and the field trip on Wednesday (picnic lunch will be provided).


Best Western Atrea at Old Town Center
1920 Austin Colony Parkway
Bryan, TX 77803
Phone: 979-731-5300
FAX: 979-731-5301
Web site:

Participants are responsible for making reservations. The group name under which the rooms are block-reserved is “TAMU Soil & Crop Sciences: Southern Regional Soil Survey Conference” (Group Code: SCSC) and rooms are $93 per night plus appropriate taxes. Rooms are single (king-sized bed) and double (two queen-sized beds). There is a daily $10 charge for each additional occupant. Rooms are available during the period July 11-15. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out is noon.

Reservations for rooms in the block should be made by June 20 by each individual contacting the hotel at 979-731-5300. After June 20, reservations requested by attendees will be accepted based on availability and the best available rate at the time. The hotel has a 24-hour cancellation policy.


Tom Hallmark
Professor of Pedology
Texas A&M University
Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Phone: 979-845-3341

James Gordon
Assistant State Soil Scientist
Phone: 254-742-9856