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Spring Meeting: Science of Rangeland Soil Health and Management Implications



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4th edition of the Soil Survey Manual is out!

 

Soil Survey Manual Updated

The 2017 Soil Survey Manual has been printed and is ready for distribution. The newly updated Soil Survey Manual, USDA Handbook No. 18, provides the major principles and practices needed for making and using soil surveys and for assembling and using related data. The Manual serves as a guiding document for activities of the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS). Previously published in 1937, 1951, and 1993, the Soil Survey Manual is one of the defining documents for soil survey in the world.

 

The Manual is intended primarily for use by soil scientists engaged in making soil surveys. It is an especially important reference for soil scientists early in their careers as they learn the many complex aspects of making a soil survey. It is also an important reference for experienced soil surveyors who want to review the standards used in soil survey.

 

Teachers, researchers, and students of soil science and related disciplines will find the Manual extremely important. Wetland scientists, foresters, agronomists, and others who use soil surveys in their work can refer to the Manual to better understand how soil surveys are made and how to interpret the technical information they provide.

 

The 2017 version of the Manual reflects the significant changes in soil survey procedures since 1993. Entirely new subject matter includes:

·         Digital Soil Mapping,

·         Tools for Proximal Soil Sensing,

·         Assessing Dynamic Soil Properties and Soil Change,

·         Subaqueous Soil Survey, and

·         Human-Altered and Human-Transported Soils.

 

Significant updates and revisions were made to all sections of the manual. In the United States, greater emphasis is now placed on the maintenance and modernization of previously completed soil surveys. Many chapters were split or combined to reflect modern soil survey practices.

 

Former Chapters

Revised Chapters

“Examination and Description of Soils”

“Landscapes, Geomorphology, and Site Description” & “Examination and Description of Soil Profiles”

“Soil Systematics” & “Mapping Techniques”

“Soil Mapping Concepts”

“Information Recording and Management” & “Disseminating Soil Survey Information”

“Soil Survey Data Collection, Management, and Dissemination”

 

Hard cover copies of the Soil Survey Manual are available from the NRCS Distribution Center at https://nrcspad.sc.egov.usda.gov/DistributionCenter/; nrcsdistributioncenter@ia.usda.gov; or (888) 526-3227. The Manual is scheduled for digital release in June 2017.

 

Dr. Dave Lindbo, Director, Soil Science Division, USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service cannot stress enough the value of the Manual and its’ importance to the soil science profession and all other natural resource efforts. “Natural resources and how we manage them are changing almost daily,” said Lindbo. “It is critical to the agency and the profession that we stay current and this latest edition helps us meet that goal,” he said. “Not only is technology impacting what we do and how we do it, but the

ever changing landscape plus our fragile natural resources cause us to revisit our priorities when making land use decision. Now, more than ever, the Soil Survey Manual contributes to that effort.”

 

This edition of the manual has the unique possibility of being the last printed manual--making it a collector’s item for all book lovers. “The number of hardcopies is limited,” Lindbo continued, “but we plan to have a free PDF version online and downloadable for anyone wanting a copy.”

 

 

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