Great Soils I have Known.
Soils are our nation's most valuable resource.
here are some examples of the great soils you
will find in the u.s.A.
We are a diverse nation of people and soils.
respect others, respect soils.
Click on the thumbnail to see a larger view. All are G-rated pics (G for Great Soil)!
Entisol from the Red River Valley, near Alexandria, LA.
Inceptisol from the Red River Valley. Located on a first order terrace adjacent to
the Entisol above! This illustrates profile development in alluvial soils.
Alfisol from East Tennessee. This was featured in the American Society of Agronomy
National Collegiate Soil Judging contest.
Mollisol from central Illinois. My mouth waters every time I see this soil. These are
the world's most fertile soils. You can stick a broom stick into one of these and grow it!
Excellent soils for growing corn, soybeans, alfalfa,.... heck, almost anything!
Ultisol from Oklahoma. These soils are naturally acidic but respond well to liming.
Vertisol near Lubbock, TX. These soils are dominated by high shrink/swell clays.
Spodosol from central Wisconsin. I just love the colors in these soils.
Aridisol found south of Tucson, AZ. Almost in Mexico, this soil developed in the
arid desert dominated by the beautiful Sonora cacti, not too far from Big Nose Kate's
Saloon in Tombstone, AZ. Stop by for a cold sarsaparilla next time you're there.
Loess bluffs, western Iowa. The mother of all loess bluffs! Although these
deposits have great vertical shear strength, they are pussycats when it comes
erosion resistance from water! Treat these soils delicately and they will never
let you down.
This soil is located in northeast Wisconsin and features three parent materials in
less than a meter: loess - glacial till - shale residium. This is a rather unique
soil and one of my favorites of the GREAT SOILS I HAVE KNOWN!