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Mason County Initial Soil Survey Progress Report, August 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 • Posted September 16, 2009

The Kerrville Soil Survey Office would like to welcome a new employee, Brady Jones. Brady is originally from Bellevue, Texas. He has been hired as a Soil Scientist and will be working in conjunction with existing Soil Scientists, Julia McCormick and Amanda Bragg. He is a 2009 graduate of Tarleton State University and majored in Agronomy and Range Management with a concentration on Soil Science. He is currently actively involved with the Initial Soil Survey of Mason County to be completed by 2010. The participation of landowners, Field Office (FO) Staff, and the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has been critical to this process. Currently, the entire county soil (draft) base layer is complete and should be on the internet in October of 2009.

However, we continue working on documentation transects and quality control efforts regarding the final soils map. There will be edits to the layer after the quality assurance review of our work; the final SSURGO product will be ready for the public in 2010. The public meeting being planned for the release of the final Web Soil Survey Product has been temporarily postponed until 2010. The interim soil layer and other soils information is available at http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov. I would encourage everyone to take a look at this modern tool because it is very dynamic and interesting.

In closing, please enjoy this quote from the USDA Yearbook of Agriculture, 1957, “Be it deep or shallow, red or black, sand or clay, the soil is the link between the rock core of the earth and the living things on its surface. It is the foothold for the plants we grow. Therein lies the main reason for our interest in soils,” Roby W. Simonson.

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