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Soil Information

Soil Information


Accessing Soil Survey Information

Web Soil Survey

Official Soil Survey Information

The official soils information is stored in digital format and is accessible through the Web Soil Survey. Explore seamless soils data. View, download, and print custom maps, reports, and interpretations based on your area of interest.


Soil Survey Publication CoverSoil Survey Publication CoverHistorical Soil Survey Publications and Other Formats

USDA has been publishing soil survey reports since 1899. For archival purposes, many of these hard-copy publications have been scanned and are available online in portable document format (PDF). Hard-copy soil survey reports provide a snapshot of the soils information at the time of publication. This information becomes dated over time, and those seeking the most current data should access the official data from Web Soil Survey.

A nationwide list of the soil survey products and formats is available from the List of Soil Surveys by State.

Technical Soil Services

Soils information is central to NRCS conservation planning. Technical Soil Services staff in each state assist customers and cooperators with the interpretation and application of soil data. Please see the “State Soil Scientist” page for assistance using the soils data for your state.