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What’s Your State’s Official Soil?

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Comments Off on What’s Your State’s Official Soil?

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Here's the profile for New York's state soil

Here’s the profile for New York’s state soil

Did you know that your state has an official soil?  Yes, just like the state flower, the state bird, and the state motto, each state has a soil.  It’s not a soil that is found throughout the state, but was chosen for its significance to human settlement.  In Arizona, the state soil is the Casa Grande series, found near the city and National Monument of Casa Grande.  Native Americans irrigated it to reduce excess salts in it so that they could raise cotton, grain, and vegetables, much as farmers continue to do today.  The official soil of New York State is the Honeoye series.  These are very productive soils, giving us corn, soybeans, grain crops, vegetables, alfalfa, grass pasture and hay and grape and apple orchards.

Since this is Thanksgiving week, we thought you’d like to know what your state’s soil is. It’s just another thing we all have to be grateful for. Imagine the surprise of other folks around your Thanksgiving table when you say, “I’m grateful for ______ soil and the work farmers and ranchers do to keep it healthy.

Here’s the link to the NRCS Site where you can find your State Soil.

Here's what it looks like on the surface of Arizona's State Soil.

Here’s what it looks like on the surface of Arizona’s State Soil.

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About the author

editor and contributor

Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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