An amazing digital resource on soils has been around for several years, according to Sjoerd Duiker, an associate professor of soil management at Penn State University, and he is trying to get more farmers on the bandwagon. It's a mobile app called SoilWeb.
“SoilWeb gives you soil information on your smartphone right where you’re at, and you can also use it on your laptop or PC,” he says.
If your smartphone’s GPS is enabled, click the “get my location” button and SoilWeb will retrieve relevant USDA-NRCS survey data about your current location. Click on each soil name for an in-depth soil taxonomy description, which includes a land classification explanation, hydraulic and erosion ratings and geomorphology.
“Don’t let the soil science lingo scare you,” Duiker says. “There is a lot of easily understood information that you can get from this app. I highly recommend you give it a try to learn more about the soils you are working with.”
SoilWeb is free to download on Apple and Android devices. Or, click here for the desktop version.
SoilWeb is one of nearly 100 apps that have been reviewed at the AgWeb App Finder. Go to www.AgWebAppFinder.com to find the next round of useful farming apps for your operation.