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2018 North Central Cooperative Soil Survey Workshop

July 9-13, 2018
Brookings, South Dakota

“Soil Health and Soil Salinity — NCSS Cooperation in Action”

Hosted by South Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service and South Dakota State University.

On-site registration for the North Central Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Workshop starts on Monday, July 9th. The Workshop concludes Thursday evening, July 12th. (Field trips are on Tuesday, July 10th and Thursday, July 12th). A formal agenda and registration information are being developed.

To register, submit papers, and obtain further information go to the following link—


Conference Proceedings (PDF; 2.88 MB)

Conference Tour (PDF; 4.63 MB)

Standards and Taxonomy Committee (83 KB)

July 9 Presentations
Updates and Highlights from SSD (PDF; 4.74 MB)
Region 5 Update (PDF; 2.24 MB)
Regions 6 and 12 Updates (PPTX; 17 MB)
Region 9 Update (PDF; 2.53 MB)
Region 10 Update (PDF; 6.48 MB)
Region 11 Update (PDF; 2.1 MB)
Training in the NSSC (962 KB)
News from the Center and MLRA Update (PDF; 3.2 MB)
State of the Soil Survey: South Dakota (PDF; 2.99 MB)

July 10 Presentations
Digital Soil Mapping at Purdue University (PDF; 2.68 MB)
Evaluation of a National Crop Productivity Index (PDF; 1.16 MB)
Soil Testing for Salts (PDF; 2.64 MB)
Shiny Web Application (PPTX; 11.7 MB)
Using R Powered Shiny Apps to Accelerate Soil Data Analysis (PDF; 516 KB)
Collaborative Soil Health Activities (PDF; 11.4 MB)
Quantifying Undisturbed (Native) Lands in South Dakota (PDF; 4.02 MB)
31 Flavors of Miami and Other Benchmark Soils (PDF; 1.36 MB)
Arsenic Content and Geochemistry of Fens: Source or Sink? (PDF; 3.2 MB)

VENUES (see map below)

  • McFadden Biostress Building, South Dakota State University
  • McCrory Gardens Education Center, South Dakota State University

LODGINGPhoto of the Comfort Suites University in Brookings, South Dakota.

  • Comfort Suites University
    929 25th Avenue
    Brookings, SD 57006
    Phone: 605-692-2882
    block of rooms available
  • Directions
    – From Sioux Falls, take I-29 North to Brookings (Exit 132)
    – At Exit 132, turn West onto US 14
    – Turn right onto 25th Ave and go North 2 blocks


  • Field trips viewing fens, worm-worked soils, dairy farms, EROS Data Center, drones, and soil health
  • Information exchange among academic, state, and federal partners in soil survey
  • Professional presentations on the latest science in soil survey


Nathan Jones
State Soil Scientist
USDA-NRCS South Dakota
Office (Huron): 605-352-1253
Office (Pierre): 605-224-8870 x134
Cell: 605-350-5639

Doug Malo
Distinguished Professor of Pedology
Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science Department
South Dakota State University
Office: 605-688-4450
Cell: 605-688-4586

Curtis Monger
National Leader for Soil Survey Standards
USDA-NRCS National Soil Survey Center
Office: 402-437-4010
Cell: 402-580-7129