The Missouri Cooperative Soil Survey Program provides quality soils information to the public. In April 2002, Missouri celebrated the milestone of completing the initial soils inventory for the entire state.
The Missouri Cooperative Soil Survey is committed to addressing each customer’s need. The most up-to-date soils information is available at Web Soil Survey.
Having an accurate inventory of soil mapping units and their properties is essential for determining the best use of the land. The soil properties determine what crops or trees will grow well, if an area is prone to flooding, if a pond will leak, if a site is suitable for construction, and information about many other land uses. To get this accurate picture of what soils are where, soil scientists walked most of Missouri’s 44.6 million acres during the initial soil survey. Along the way they examined the soil and collected samples.
The Missouri General Soil map (GSM) was newly revised in 2003. It is designed for use at a scale of 1:250,000, and is appropriate for regional or statewide studies. The GSM replaces the former STATSGO (State Soil Geographic Database; based on data available up to 1988) and the 1:1,333,300-scale Missouri General Soil Map from 1979. It has been incorporated into the new U.S. General Soil Map (STATSGO2) and can be used for regional or multi-state studies.
During the course of soil survey work, representative soil profiles have been described and sampled for laboratory analysis. Older surveys did not have strong laboratory support, so there may be few or no samples available for these counties. Newer surveys may have hundreds of sampled soil profiles. Most of Missouri's lab analyses have been conducted by the University of Missouri's Soil Characterization Laboratory, with funding from the Department of Natural Resources, but there are other MSTA Certified Soil Test Labs available in Missouri.
National Cooperative Soil Survey Program (NCSS) The NCSS is a partnership led by NRCS of Federal land management agencies, state agricultural experiment stations and state and local units of government that provide soil survey information necessary for understanding, managing, conserving and sustaining the nation's limited soil resources.
for Missouri-specific information
State Soil Scientist: Jorge Lugo-Camacho 601 Business Loop 70 West
Parkade Center, Suite 250
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: (573) 876-9409