On this week’s For Love of the Land Podcast, we discuss the benefits and uses for evalutating land using the free online web soil survey program. Do you know what your land use to be like? Do you know what type of soil your farm consists of? Do you know the average rainfall or growing degree days? Have you considered what the potential of your farm truly is? You can find out this week!
The web soil survey is an incredible tool to evaluate many different aspects of a selected piece of land. We walk you through the steps of how to create an area of interest, evaluate soil type, soil composition, slope of your land, and most importantly what the ecological site assessment is. With these elements you can learn so much of about the lands past, present, and future plans.
We look at a farm along the Missouri River breaks in SW Iowa that registers as a prairie as well as a once backwater forested swamp in Arkansas with 60+ inches of clay soil that is now being agriculturally farmed. The land can change, but prior to making any more changes we should properly evaluate what the soil tells us the land should be by using tools like the web soil survey. Enjoy.Learn.Share! #ForLoveoftheLand