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NC-v4 SSc1: Site assessment
July 5, 2016
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Does anyone have experience doing a soil survey to determine whether the site was on prime farmland? How have people determined whether their site was on prime farmland? Any suggestions/advise is greatly appreciated.
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January 17, 2017 - 11:38 am
Nate, is this for a non-U.S. project?
Typically in the U.S. it's a simple federal designation and you don't have to test the soil. So I'm curious what's going on in your circumstances.
October 9, 2017 - 11:06 am
Hello Nate -
You shouldn't have to resort to soils testing to determine the site's classification. Our office used the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service's GIS: https://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/WebSoilSurvey.aspx
Choose your Area of Interest (AOI) - project boundary, basically - and then jump to the "Soil Data Explorer", then "Suitabilities and Limitations for Use". There's a land classification tab which will breakdown further for farmland classification.
If you're familiar with using GIS in some capacity, you'll find the USDA's site is fairly easy to navigate.
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