Holdredge Silt Loam -- US183 nr Holdredge NE
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 40° 27.716 W 099° 22.813
14T E 467764 N 4479098
Quick Description: Nebraska has an official state dirt. COOL!
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 2/10/2014 6:48:39 PM
Waymark Code: WMK4A8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
This historic marker is located in the Nebraska Prairie Museum on the US 183 near Holdredge NE.

In a state as heavily agricultural as Nebraska, it makes perfect sense to have an official state soil. Blasterz think that's cool!

The marker reads as follows:

"Holdrege Silt Loam
The Nebraska State Soil

Soils in the Holdrege series are recognized by features of their "profile" created by horizontal layers that are the result of the prairie environment. Holdrege soils exist on 1.8 million acres of landscape in central Nebraska that is the result of geologic processes
operating over tens of thousands of years. The soils formed under mixed grasses, in a climate where moisture stress is common, but where enough movement of water through the profile has resulted in downward movement of clays and lime. These processes have led to a soil with thick, dark-colored topsoil, clay-enriched subsoil, and a substratum that contains free lime.

Holdrege soils were initially found during the soil survey of Phelps County in 1917. Their natural fertility, desirable tilth, and the landscape on which they exist join with irrigation and skillful farm management to provide a valuable agricultural resource. The legislature designated Holdrege Silt Loam as the Nebraska State Soil in 1979. This is a soil of which Nebraskans can be proud and one that we should conserve because it must sustain our agriculture for generations to come.

Landmark Implement, Inc.
Tri-Basin NRD
Nebraska Society of Professional Soil Scientists
Nebraska State Historical Society, 2012
Marker Name: Holdrege Silt Loam

City: no

Roadside: no

Other: yes

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