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Soil Data Access Help

We have attempted to make the Soil Data Access website easy for you to use.

The purpose of this page is to provide you with general information about this site and to help you resolve some common issues that may be experienced whilst browsing.

If you still need a question answered after having read the information on this page, please see the Contact Us page for information on how to contact us with your question.

On this page, you will find information on:
The Soil Data Access Website's Purpose Back to Top
The USDA-NRCS Soil Data Access website allows you to:
  • Request data for an ad hoc area of interest of any size.
  • Obtain data in real-time.
  • Request selected tabular attributes.
  • Obtain tabular data where the organization of that data doesn’t have to mirror that of the underlying source database.
  • Obtain data bundled by request, rather than by survey area.

Soil Data Access Website and Web Service Availability Back to Top
In order to provide you with the most current data possible, soil survey data is updated each night from approximately 12:00 AM to 4:00 AM Mountain time. The Soil Data Access website and web services will be unavailable during this time while any updates are being processed.

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In order to view this site, we suggest you use one of the following browsers:
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Cookies Back to Top
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Screen Size Back to Top
Please note that this site is best viewed with a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or higher.

Downloads Back to Top
All files downloaded from this site are placed into what is referred to as a "zip" file. Zip files are just archives used for distributing and storing files. Zip files may contain one or more files, and these files are usually compressed to save space. Zip files make it easy to group files and make transporting these files faster. Two benefits of using archives for electronic file distribution are that only one file transfer operation ("download") is required to obtain all related files, and file transfer time is minimized because the files in an archive are compressed.
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Help Documents Back to Top
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We appreciate your feedback. If you would like to contact us for any reason, please see the Soil Data Access Contact Us page for details on how to do so.

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