Soil Surveys

Learning about the different types of soils on a farm is invaluable. Oregon alone has nearly 1,000 different kinds of soil, ranging from deep to shallow, clayey to sandy, nearly level to steeply sloping. These differences are important, because different soils require different kind of management practices.

Soil Survey Guide - This guide give detailed instructions for finding soil maps on-line or using paper copies.  

Oregon Soil Surveys - Find the county soil survey on this interactive website or contact the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service or local Soil and Water Conservation District for a paper copy of a local soil survey.

Manual for Judging Oregon Soils - Look at a preview of the manual designed for teaching about the art of soil judging. This manual contains practical information about basic soil properties.