Farmers, ranchers, and others attending the San Antonio International Farm and Ranch Show at the Expo Hall on the Freeman Coliseum grounds, 3201 East Houston Street, on Oct. 14-16, will have an opportunity to learn how to use the Web Soil Survey (WSS) at the 1 p.m. educational track on Thurs., Oct. 14.

Attendees can also receive a free hands-on demonstration of how to map the soils on their land using the free online program at the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) booth during the course of the show.  NRCS specialists will be available to visit with landowners about the technical and financial assistance programs, without a fee, through NRCS, to help them meet land management goals.

Most all Texas’ counties have a soil survey, an inventory of the different soil types and location in the county. The soil survey provides aerial maps with soil boundaries, soil descriptions, and tables of soil properties and shows how the soil can be used. The survey information is available free of charge online on the Web Soil Survey at http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/ and the Soil Data Mart at http://soildatamart.nrcs.usda.gov/.