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State Soil

"Stuttgart" the Arkansas State SoilStuttgart Soil Profile

Stuttgart soils are named for the City of Stuttgart in Southeast Arkansas.  They are  used primarily for cropland with the dominant crops being rice, soybeans, small grains, and corn.  The Stuttgart area is famous for its large fall and winter population of ducks and geese.  These waterfowl feed heavily on the crops grown on the Stuttgart soils.  Stuttgart soils have been mapped on about 200,000 acres in Arkansas.  The Stuttgart series consists of very deep moderately well to somewhat poorly drained soils formed in silty and clayey alluvium.   These level to gently sloping soils are on Prairie terraces in the Lower Mississippi Valley.  Stuttgart's silt loam surface texture and the slow permeability in its clayey subsoil makes the soil ideal for rice population.

Typical Stuttgart Soil Profile

  • Surface: 0 to 11 inches - dark grayish brown and grayish brown silt loam

  • Subsurface: 11 to 23 inches - yellowish brown silt loam

  • Subsoil: 23 - 35 inches - red silty clay; 35 - 80 inches - grayish brown and light brownish gray silty clay loam

Soil Family Classification

Fine, smectitic, thermic Albaquultic Hapludalfs

Stuttgart soils are in the Alfisols soil order. Alfisols are mostly soils of intermediate age. The "Albaquultic" subgroup implies that the soil has an abrupt textural change, has a moderately high water table during part of the year, and that the base saturation is less than 60 percent at 50 inches below the top of the subsoil. The term "fine" indicates that the upper subsoil averages between 35 and 60 percent clay. The term "smectitic" implies that the clay in the subsoil is dominated by minerals that expand upon wetting and contract upon drying. "Thermic" refers to an average annual soil temperature of between 15o to 22oC (59o to 72oF).