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.