What is in this article?:
- Web soil survey featured at international show
- Decision tool
Attendees at the San Antonio international Farm and Ranch show have opportunities to learn web soil survey functions and hands-on demonstrations from NRCS.
WSS can assist landowners in making decisions relative to farming and ranching operations—differences in ecological sites and the plants capable of growing on that site, erosive soils, which soil sites will provide the greatest benefit from aerial spraying or other brush management practices.
“Interp maps provided through WSS can help the producer determine yield potentials when planting crops and implementing pasture and hay land plantings,” said Dennis Williamson, NRCS state soil scientist.“The WSS can help producers maintain profits, while reducing erosion, and improving soil and water quality.”
WSS can also provide landowners and agricultural producers with aerial photos, topography maps, and measuring tools to help them manage resources. Users also may save and print information and maps, free of charge, day or night.
“We will have the capability at the booth to assist producers with WSS and the ‘how-to's’ of the program,” said Williamson.“The biggest link is the soils to the ecological site to the planning aspect of each producer’s ranch.”
Uses of the WSS include building sites, conservation plans, erosion control, farm and ranch appraisals, nutrient management, pipelines, range management, identification of risks and hazards, road building, water conservation, wetlands and wildlife management.
For more information on Web Soil Survey, how NRCS can help you meet your land management goals, and technical and financial assistance programs, visit the NRCS Web site at www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov or contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center, which is listed in phone directories under U.S. Government.