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SOILS AND LAND USE

Soil is a mixture of mineral and organic material at the surface of the earth that serves as a natural medium for growing plants.

 

The five factors that control the formation of soils are:

 

  • Climate

  • Organisms

  • Topography

  • Parent Material

  • Time

 

The Soils and Land Use section of the contest will be broken up into several categories, including soil properties, soil biology, landforms and parent material, soil maps, and interpretations.  A soil profile will be excavated and available for students to describe horizons, texture, structure, permeability, depth to water table, color, and other features.

 

Current Year Resources

 

2024 Soil and Land Use Learning Objectives

2024 Soil and Land Use Resources

2024 Soil and Land Use Resource #2

 

Soil Guide

Past Resources

Soil Health YouTube Video

"Farming with Soil Life"

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Soils Resource Team

Josh Gaimaro                Soil Scientist, USDA-NRCS                josh.gaimaro@usda.gov

Nicole Ellis                    NRCS Soil Scientist                             nicole.ellis@usda.gov

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