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Pit 7

501A Finchford Loamy Sand

Ap1 horizon - 0 to 12 cm; black (10YR 2/1); coarse, subangular, sandy loam; weak, medium, subangular blocky structure; friable, moderately sticky, non-plastic consistence; no acid reaction; common, fine, vertical and horizontal roots; smooth, abrupt boundary.

Ap2 horizon - 12 to 18 cm; black (10YR 2/1); medium, subrounded, loamy sand; weak, medium, subangular, blocky structure; friable, slightly sticky, non-plastic consistence; no acid reaction; smooth, abrupt boundary.

BA horizon - 18 cm to water table; brown (7.5YR 4/4); medium, subrounded, loamy sand; structureless; friable, slightly sticky, non-plastic consistence; no acid reaction; boundary is the water table.

 

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Summary

The Finchford soil series was chosen because it most closely matched the description in the Soil Survey of Pepin County.  The Finchford series is characterized by thick, dark, humus-rich upper horizons.   Its texture is that of excessively drained loamy sand.  The dominate parent material in this series is sandy and gravelly outwash.  Major uses of this soil unit include cropland, pasture, and forest land. 

Contributed by Group 7: Dana Bickelhaupt, Jed Durni, Kim Hornbeck, and Elizabeth Major

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