Bob Hixson provides valuable information on testing soils in order to choose the most fertile farm land to buy.
Drainage, acidity (which is closely related to fertility), soil texture and structure, stoniness, slope, presence of hardpan layers . . . all these characteristics can — and should — determine how man uses the land.
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For over 70 years the U.S. Soil Conservation Service (SCS) has been measuring and mapping such data, tract by tract, throughout the country. By the end of 1972, 43 percent of the U.S. had been covered, with most of the uncharted area being federal forest and western rangelands.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
Prospective buyers of acreage in rural areas are sometimes pleasantly startled to discover that easily accessible soils information exists for almost every piece of farmable property in the U.S.