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Soil profile of the Drummer soilIllinois Soils
Drummer - Illinois State Soil [PDF 69kb]

"... the soil survey will never be completed because I cannot conceive of the time when knowledge of soils will be complete. Our expectation is that our successors will build on what has been done, as we are building on the work of our predecessors."

[ A portion of a letter by R.S. Smith, the Director of the Illinois Soil Survey, dated September 27, 1928, in response to the Comptroller of the University of Illinois when asked to make an estimate of the cost of completing the state soil survey.]


 Soils of Illinois:

Soil Health

Soil Data

Soil Surveys:



Soils of Illinois

Illinois Soil Regions

Keys to Illinois Soils

USE1 Soil Key (XLS, 125 kb)
USE1 Alphabetical Reference Key (XLS, 156 kb)
USE1 Numerical Reference Key (XLS, 90 kb)

Illinois Suite of Maps

These maps were produced from data available from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service  Soil Data Mart. Please send your comments to Ron Collman, State Soil Scientist. (Posted 11/6/09)


Soil Data

Digital Soil Data for Illinois

Web Soil Survey

Soil Data Access
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Web services and applications designed for custom requests for soil data.

Soil Data Viewer may be used with ArcGIS software to run tables and make thematic maps.

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Geospatial Data Gateway
Soils and other GIS layers may also be found at the Geospatial Data Gateway.

The Geospatial Data Gateway (GDG) is the One Stop Source for environmental and natural resources data, at any time, from anywhere, to anyone. The Gateway allows you to choose your area of interest, browse and select data from our catalog, customize the format, and have it downloaded or shipped on CD or DVD.

Soil Series Extent Mapping Tool

MLRA Explorer

Soil Landscapes 3-D Block Diagram Locator Tool

Digital Soils Fact Sheet



Technical References

Urban Soil Issues 

Soil View CD
Information on the interactive Soil Survey on a CD-ROM. Includes manuscript, tables, soils, imagery, digital topographic quadrangles and more, with a GIS engine, to provide real functionality to digital soil data. [SoilView]


Soil Surveys

How To Get a Soil Survey Report
Published Soil Surveys for Illinois: current and out-of-print soil surveys and contact information for requesting a paper or CD copy.

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Web Soil Survey
Online  Web Soil Survey - Official USDA soil information as viewable maps and tables for more than 2300 soil surveys. From Web Soil Survey you can view soils maps, make thematic maps, run reports and view Soil Survey manuscripts (where available).

High Intensity Soil Surveys
DRAFT Standard and specifications for high intensity soil surveys

Soil Survey of the Future
Paper on LiDAR Enhanced Soil Survey (LESS Model) (PDF, 624 kb)

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Illinois Cooperative Soil Survey

What is a Soil Survey?
History of Soil Survey in Illinois
The Next Generation and MLRA Concept
Governors Proclamation of Soil Survey
Cooperators in Illinois Soil Survey Program
Drummer - Illinois State Soil

Other Soil Resources

Soils Information. Helping People Understand Soils
Soil Biology
Soil Education
Scoop on Soil Game

Soil Health and Quality
Technical References
Illinois Urban Manual
Urban Soil Issues
NRCS Climate Reports (Narratives and Tables) for Soil Survey Regions
eFOTG: NRCS electronic Field Office Technical Guide

University of Illinois Soil Productivity Publications
Laboratory Data for Illinois
Official Series Descriptions
Tabular Soils Data
Hydric Soils List
  - eFOTG (Section 2)
  - Web Soil Survey
  - Field Indicators of Hydric Soils (PDF)

Cooperators and Partners

United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service
University of Illinois, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Illinois State Geological Survey
Illinois Department of Transportation
USDA Forest Service
Illinois Cooperative Extension Service
Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Illinois Soil Classifiers Association
County Boards of Commissioner
U.S. Geological Survey
Illinois Natural History Survey
Illinois Department of Natural Resources


Illinois Soil Classifiers Association
Soil Science Society of America
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
NASA Soils


Soils, Natural Resource, and Geospatial Links (docx)
Soils Reference, Wetland, NRCS Field Office Links (xlsx)

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For More Soils Information

Ron.Collman State Soil Scientist
(217) 353-6639

Resource Soil Scientists for technical soil services:
(New map forthcoming)