I enjoyed being with you in Waldoboro last evening and talking about properties of soils and good soil management. I am sorry we were unable to access the Web Soil Survey as their server was obviously down. It appears to be down still, so I am guessing this is related to the government shutdown.
Here are links and instructions for using the Web Soil Survey once it comes back up online. It is a great resource. If you try using this and have trouble, feel free to call me at my office at 207.324.2814. I may be able to walk you through it over the phone.
- Initiate the survey by going to the address line and type in the address of your farm or a farm you would like to know more about. Hint: If the town is a subset of another town like Lyman is of Alfred, you may have to type in Alfred to get the farm located.
- Click “View” after you type in the address and that will take you to a big map.
- Use the 5-sided tool called AOI (area of interest) at the top of the web page. Click carefully, one click at a time to outline the field(s) you wish to know more about. If you make a mistake, which is easy to do, use the arrow key to go back – it takes a few seconds.
- Now you should get a map with an area of blue lines drawn around the field(s) you highlighted.
- Next click on the tab called Soil Data Explorer. You will get a map with codes for the soil type(s) on the map.
- Now click on the tab called Shopping Cart (Free). Then hit Check Out and then Get Now. This will generate a multiple page document.
You may wish to save this as a PDF file. Then you can save it to your computer and share the report via e-mail.
Have fun with it, and if you get stuck, feel free to give me a call and I can work on it with you.
Extension Educator, Agriculture/Horticulture