Field Day: Digging Deep into Soil Knowledge
Rock Creek: Monday, October 5
Soil Scientist Wayne Blashill lead us through a soil identification exercise by looking at deep soils pits. Wayne described soil physical properties and introduced participants to the Canadian soil classification system. We also discussed new land mapping tools that are available free to producers. Ranch maps and tools can be viewed here.
Brief field day recap
At the field day we saw "Chernozem soils" which are classified as grassland soils that are high in organic matter (greater than 10 cm depth). These are rich agricultural soils that should be managed to minimize erosion and to conserve the soil organic matter. Forest soils are also common in the Kootenay and Boundary region are often classified as "Brunisol soils" and have different properties.
What kind of soils do I have?
BC Soil Information Finder Tool: this tool contains all the Canadian soil mapping information electronically. If you need help using the platform, ask us (the program is not very intuitive if you haven't used it before).
What is soil classification?
Soil descriptions (videos) of the different soil types including Chernozem Soils
Description: Chernozem Soil - Soil Order of Canada
(video offers a good explanation of the carbonate layer and salts)
Detailed Soil Report
Detailed Soil Survey Report from 1964: Soil Survey of the Kettle River Valley
Archived Event Details:
Monday, October 5, 2020, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Wilf Lindquist's Ranch - 4649 Hwy 3