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U.S.D.A. Soil Surveys consists of historic Florida, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands soil surveys published by the the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Surveys are created by professional soil scientists who examine county soils in detail and classify them according to a national system of soil taxonomy. The location of each kind of soil is plotted on aerial photographs. Each soil is then interpreted or translated in regard to how it will respond when subjected to various uses and management.
Soil surveys contain:
For additional information, please see “The Nature and Use of a Soil Survey, “ by R. E. Caldwell and R. B. Brown. Fact Sheet SL-11, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date: January 1990. Revised: June 1996. Reviewed: September 2003. A complete listing of Florida surveys may be found at Published Soil Surveys for Florida.
The USDA makes contemporary soil survey's available at the Natural Resources Conservation Service web site.