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What’s Your State’s Official Soil?

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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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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