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Welcome to Web Soil Survey or WSS.


 

This is an image of soil scientists at work.Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey.
It is operated by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world.
NRCS has soil maps and data available online for more than 95 percent of the nation’s counties and anticipates having 100 percent in the near future.
The site is updated and maintained online as the single authoritative source of soil survey information.
 

Soil surveys can be used for general farm, local, and wider area planning.
Onsite investigation is needed in some cases, such as

soil quality assessments

and certain conservation and engineering applications. For more detailed information,
contact your local USDA Service Center at the following link: USDA Service Center
or your NRCS State Soil Scientist at the following link: NRCS State Soil Scientist.
































There are Four Basic Steps to Web Soil Survey.
Step 1 is to Define your Area Of Interest.


You define your Area of Interest with the Area of Interest tab. Click or Press the Enter or Spacebar key to view larger image. Press the Escape key to close.


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Use the Area of Interest tab to define your area of interest.


 


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Step 2 is to View your Area Of Interest.


View your Area Of Interest with the Soil Map tab. Click or Press the Enter or Spacebar key to view larger image. Press the Escape key to close.


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Click the Soil Map tab to view or print a soil map, and detailed descriptions of the soils in your Area of Interest.


 


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Step 3 is to Explore your Area Of Interest.


You explore your Area Of Interest with the Soil Data Explorer tab.  Click or Press the Enter or Spacebar key to view larger image. Press the Escape key to close.

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Click the Soil Data Explorer tab to access soil data for your area and determine the suitability of the soils for a particular use.
The items you want saved in a report can be added to your shopping cart.


 


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Step 4: Check Out


To get your custom report, use the Shopping Cart tab.  Click or Press the Enter or Spacebar key to view larger image. Press the Escape key to close.

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Use the Shopping Cart tab to get your custom printable report immediately, or download it later.


 


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