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Soil Colors - A Mosaic of Stories Told in Color

What do you get when you combine 26,000 official soil series descriptions (OSD), a handful of NRCS employees, and an idea? An evolving soil color map of the continental U.S., that’s what! See more ...

World Soil Day -- History Makers

Today’s history maker is Dr. Guy Smith, known as the “Father of Soil Taxonomy.” Read more about Dr. Smith and his contributions to how we classify soil.

Map of the Month - November

November’s map is from 1931. It provided a major step for understanding the meaning of “soils differ.” It identified soils as part of nature, showing how soil types are linked to the major biomes of grassland, forest, and desert.

Updated Tools Page

The Tools web page has been re-designed to serve as a one-stop source for new, leading-edge tools and technologies to help farmers, ranchers, and other land users understand, evaluate, and conserve soils. (See the News Release.)

Soil Data Refresh

The entire official soil survey database was refreshed September 25th. The updated official data is now available for use in implementing national programs affecting landowners and managers. Eight new national interpretations and four new regional interpretations have been added.

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