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Web Soil Survey (WSS) Quick Clicks

Getting Started

  • Go to http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov
  • Click large, green START WSS button to begin.
  • Click on Area of Interest (AOI) tab.
  • Select  AOI by address, state and county, latitude and longitude, PLSS, etc., to navigate to desired area, then click View.
  • Use zoom tools and the pan tool to find AOI.WSS Map Tool icons
  • Use AOI tools to select AOI.
  • Click on Soil Map tab to display and interact with the soil map and soil descriptions.
  • Click on Soil Data Explorer tab to display and interact with Soil Suitabilities and Limitations for Use, Soil Properties and Qualities, and Soil Reports for AOI. Click Vew Rating to display thematic map.
  • Click Printable Version to print or save map as PDF file or Add to Shopping Cart to add to customized report.
  • Click on Shopping Cart tab to print or save customized soil report for AOI.

How to Print a Report, Such as the Prime and Other Important Farmlands Report

  • Define your AOI.
  • From the Soil Data Explorer tab, click on the Soil Reports tab.
  • Click on Land Classifications.
  • Click on Prime and Other Important Farmlands.
  • Make selections to Options, click the View Ratings button.
  • Click Printable Version to print or save map as PDF file, or Add to Shopping Cart to add to customized report.

Having Trouble Locating the Information or Reports That You Want?

WSS enables you to search for the answers to your soil questions — and locate soil ratings and reports that you are interested in.

  • Enter one or more search terms.
  • If desired, choose Advanced Search Options.
  • Click the Search button.
  • Search Results are displayed as links.
  • Click a link to navigate to where the desired Result is found in the application.