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Pit 4

508A Farrington Loamy Sand

A1 horizon -1 to 13 cm; very dark brown (10YR 2/2) sandy loam; medium sand; strong, very fine, subangular structure; friable, slightly sticky, non-plastic consistence; no acid reaction; roots common, fine, and vertical.

A2 horizon -13 to 26.5 cm; very dark brown (10YR 2/2) sandy loam; medium to coarse sand; strong, very fine, subangular structure; firm, slightly sticky, non-plastic consistence; no acid reaction; roots common, very fine, and vertical; water table at 26.5 cm.

 

Pit 4 Soil Profile  

View of Pit 4 Soil Profile

 

Summary

Pit  4 is located at the foot of a gentle slope, a few meters west of swamp filled area, with a 0 to 3 percent slope.  Due to the distinct  linear boundary between the A1 and A2 horizons, we believe that our particular site has been recently plowed within the past 10 years.

Based on our description of the pit and comparing it to the Pepin County Soil Survey, we concluded that our pit best fits the description of the 508A Farrington loamy sand, 0 to 3 percent slopes.  Similarities include: 0 to 3 percent slopes, valley trains, treads, loamy sand (we defined ours as sandy loam), poorly drained (indicated by our pit having at least a foot of water), a high water table, and an A horizon present with some differing descriptions.  A B horizon is also common of this soil type, but was not present in our pit due to the height of the water table at the time of description.  Some major uses for the soil type of this pit include: cropland, hayland, pasture, and forest land.  Our pit best matches the uses of cropland and forest land.

Contributed by Group 1: Brian J. Brezinski, Carrie Morrel, Kristi Stubbe, and Laurel Weinkauf

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