How To Take Web Soil Survey and How to Use it

Web Soil Survey (WSS) is considered as one of the powerful, user-friendly search engines meant to enhance or to learn detailed soil data and related information given by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. You might know in this rapidly changing world, a lot of innovations, advancements in terms of technology had taken place. Like precision farming methods, internet sources, numerous apps and many more were came into the existence. Hence all these advances greatly help and allow the resource managers to quickly make the lists of data related to soil resources very well. Thereby all this happens or can be produced/ operated only by the USDA-NRCS (Natural Resources Conversation Service). That means they are going to provide one of the biggest Natural resource information systems to the entire world. web soil survey As a result, this portal is comprised of soil maps, provides 95% availability of online data nationwide, and predicts 100% related to the upcoming future. This entire portal or website is updated frequently and maintained by the one and only authoritative source. Apart from this, let’s head over to the following details to learn the importance, usage, and process of the Web Soil Survey (WSS).

How to Use Web Soil Survey

Web Soil Survey or Soil Surveys usually can be used for a local or general farm. Also, can be used in wide-area planning. Because the onsite investigation is compulsory in certain cases to learn land or area assessments, soil quality, soil type, engineering applications, and many more. Anyhow, if you like to use the Web Soil Survey portal to learn detailed information related to the selected Area, go through the below simple steps guided in easily understandable statements.
  • The very first, begin the Web soil Survey by visiting its official website
  • Once the web page gets open, you will notice an option called “Start WSS” highlighted in green colored rounded by the circle as shown in the below picture.
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  • Now a new page gets open or the portal gets open as shown in the below image.
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  • Now it’s time to locate the Area of Interest (AOI). Let’s use the options address or state and country available just below the quick navigation menu to locate the area we actually need.
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  • Enter the address in the given space as shown in the above image. For instance, let’s take an example of the address 191 Camden Road, Warren, Maine.
  • Once the address is entered tap on view. You will be directed to the map showing the given address very clear.
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  • Now try to use the Zoom in and Zoom out options, move the tab to locate the exact area which you are searching for. For instance, just see the green highlight mark shown in the below image which actually represents the zoom and move options.
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  • Now it’s time to define the area of interest (AOI). Once the map is zoom in, you are supposed to use the rectangle and polygon options available in the menu bar. To make you better understand these options, have a look at the below image.
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  • In order to draw the outline using the polygon tool, Tap on the map to enhance a beginning point. By taking the help of the mouse, drag the point to the remaining points which define the perimeter.
  • Whereas while getting back towards the rectangle tool, tap on the map to enhance the beginning point. By taking the help of the mouse lower the shape and define the rectangle of a specific area.
  • Finally, double click on the last or final point to end up the map.
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  • Do tap on the soil map tab present on the upper side of the portal to create the map of selected AOI successfully.
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  • Hence the WSS (Web Soil Survey) creates the soil map for the selected AOI.
  • Now in the left-side panel, under the option called Map unit legend, the types of soils identified or located in the selected AOI were listed in the form of a table.  To be more clear about this, look into the below image.
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  • Each soil type is again comprised of Map unit symbol which specifies the area outlined as it is on the map.
  •  You can tap on the map unit name of specified soil series that absolutely provides by means of description.
  • Also, you can find the needed information by tapping on the soil data explorer tab present in the upper menu.
soil series descriptions
  • Now here there are four categories that specify needful information meant for each or every single soil series along with the introduction of soil types.
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  1. Introduction to Soils ( A detailed description about the soil and its types)
  2. Sustainabilities and Limitations for use (to learn the details related to disaster recovery planning, sustainability obtaining for building, military operations, land classification, and vegetative productivity).
  3. Soil properties and qualities (Provides the information related to physical and chemical properties of soil).
  4. Ecological site Assessment (Provides ecological information related to Forestland or Rangeland).
  5. Soil Reports (This contains the numerous reports encountered on different topics. Overall, the soil reports going to give solid information in detail).
  •  Also, there is one more tab “View Soil information by use followed by the rectangle field containing menu lists”. This helps you to learn needful information related to the selection of AOI.
  • That means can choose the menu options like forestland, cropland, Pastureland, horticulture, recreation, along urban uses.
  • Now finally it’s time to generate the soil report.
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  1. To do so, tap on the soil reports available in the top menu navigation bar.
  2. Pick the report that you are really looking forward to generating which is listed in the left side panel so-called soil reports menu.
  3. For suppose, if you like to see how it build over the portal, tap in the building site development option present in the form of menu lists.
  4. Now next to this, you see two options available. View Description and View Soil Report.
  5. Tap on View soil Report. Because the View Description button specifies the detailed information that exactly mentioned in the report. Hence click on view soil report. So that you see the image shown below.
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  • The above image represents the whole soil report explaining the sustainability of each soil type present in the selected AOI to construct commercial buildings and assessments of each type detail.
  • As a result, it also shows sustainability to construct small or commercial buildings is “very limited” of every soil type.
  • Now just simply click on the option called to add to the shopping cart in order to download or generate the printable report.
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  • Finally, the shopping cart helps you to generate the soil report that specifies the detailed information about the AOI, and additional data too clearly.
  • Pick the documents you like to include and as a result, tap on the check out button displayed on the screen.
  • Follow the entire on-screen instructions to receive the soil report via registered email.
  • That’s all!


Thus, this way you can easily learn detailed information about the different categories present in the USDA-NRCS Web Soil Survey portal. If you get any doubts, can share with us mentioning in terms of comments under the below comments box. We will guide you. Stay connected with Surveys Buzz to learn more interesting details that are going to be updated here every time.

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