Information on Soils

Texas Soils

There are several sources of information on the soils in Texas. The place to start is the Web Soil Survey, from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly the Soil Conservation Service). They publish “soil surveys” for each county, in cooperation with state agencies.

In addition to traditional soil survey data, SoilWeb delivers raster and vector soils information in a variety of mechanisms. Soil property maps, soil series extent explorer, and 3-D maps are available to the user. This site is maintained by the University of California, Davis.

You can also find specific information on Texas soils in the Texas Soil Characterization Database, compiled by Texas A&M University’s Soil & Crop Science Department. Maps and analytical information for over 100 soils can be found on the Soil Characterization Laboratory’s web page.

Proposed State Soil of Texas: Houston Black

General Soils Information

Soil Basics – from the Soil Science Society of America

K-12 Resources for Teachers

Soil Health – from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service

Earth-Kind® Landscaping – improving landscape soils, from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

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