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Welcome to the NRCS Arkansas Soils web site.

This site contains information about the Soil Survey program in Arkansas.

Arkansas Land Use/Land Cover Map

Arkansas Land Use/Land Cover Maps

These maps were generated using the Natural Resources Conservation Service State Soil Geographic Database (STATSGO) using soils of capability class of III, IV, and V as the criteria for marginal lands. Land capability classification shows, in a general way, the suitability of soils for most kinds of field crops.  Crops that require special management are excluded. 


Stuttgart Soil

“Stuttgart” the Arkansas State Soil

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.  


Soil Health Awareness graphic

Soil Health Awareness

Soil is a living and life-giving substance, without which we would perish.  As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. So much so that we believe improving the health of our Nation’s soil is one of the most important endeavors of our time. By focusing more attention on soil health and by educating our customers and the public about the positive impact healthy soils can have on productivity and conservation, we can help our Nation’s farmers and ranchers feed the world more profitably and sustainably – now and for generations to come.