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2012 Southern Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference

May 21-25, 2012
Bowling Green, Kentucky

“Soil Survey for the Future – Continuing the Mission”


  • Soil Data Join Recorrelation – Rationale and Methods
  • Tri-State (Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana) Soils Systems Study
  • Ecological Site Inventory and Development
  • Soil Health and Quality Initiative
  • Digital Soil Mapping – Research and Application
  • Future Mission of Soil Survey
Landscape photo.



Soil profile photo.

On Wednesday, a one-day field trip will highlight a unique effort within the National Cooperative Soil Survey including Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana USDA-NRCS Soil Survey, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, Kentucky Geological Survey, Illinois State Geological Survey, University of Kentucky, Southern Illinois University, and Purdue University in MLRA 120, Kentucky and Indiana Sandstone and Shale Hills and Valleys, Soil Systems Study. The study sites consist of 3 pairs of watersheds under two different land uses: grassland and forest. The different paired watersheds have similar state factors of soil formation with the exception of loess thickness. The study focuses on soil water movement through similar landscapes with varying depths of loess and changes in soil properties under different land use. Soil pits will be open for the observation of soil properties. There will be a good example of a fragipan (restrictive) layer. Soil quality issues and ecological site inventories will also be discussed.

In addition the field trip will include a tour of the ARS research on the subsurface application of composted poultry litter and injection of swine manure into cropland and pastureland.


Advance registration cost is $200. Advance registration ends May 7, 2012. On-site/late registration will be $250. The registration cost for students attending the conference will be $50. Registration includes access to all presentations, morning and afternoon breaks on Monday through Friday, lunch on Thursday, and the field trip on Wednesday (lunch will be provided).

Please send registration information to:

Ann Norris - Admin. Staff Officer
Department of Plant & Soil Sciences
105 Plant Science Bldg.
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0312

Ph: 859-218-0710
Fax: 859-257-2185


Holiday Inn University Plaza – Bowling Green
1021 Wilkinson Trace
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42103
Phone: 270-745-0088
Fax: 270-745-0019

Participants are responsible for making reservations. The group name under which the rooms are block-reserved is “Natural Resource Conservation Service” (Group Code: RCS) and rooms are $77 per night plus appropriate taxes. Rooms are single (king-sized bed) and double (two double beds). Rooms are available during the period May 20 to 25. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out is noon.

Reservations for rooms in the block should be made by April 21st by each individual securing reservations on-line or by contacting the hotel at 270-745-0088. After April 21st, 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.


Steve Blanford –
State Soil Scientist / MO-18 Leader
859-224-7607 (office) or 859-227-6252 (cell)

Dr. A. D. Karathanasis –
University of Kentucky, PSS
Ag. Science Bldg. North
1100 Nicholasville Road (Office:122K)
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
Phone: 859-257-5925