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Research Project: Sustainable Small Farm and Organic Grass and Forage Production Systems for Livestock and Agroforestry

Location: Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center

Title: Digital soil mapping using legacy data in Central America

item Owens, Phillip
item DORANTES, MINERVA - University Of Arkansas
item FUENTES, BRYAN - University Of Arkansas
item LIBOHOVA, ZAMIR - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS, USDA)
item SCHMIDT, AXEL - Catholic Relief Services
item Ashworth, Amanda

Submitted to: ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/10/2019
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Prediction of soil properties and related soil function is critical for best use and management of soil. Soil properties and function vary over multiple scales depending on the major driver of the soil forming process. This research focuses on development of human capital and high resolution soil maps for El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. The process is focuses on training scientist in pedologic principles, digital soil mapping tools, acquiring legacy data, developing sampling locations for validation and ultimately making soil interpretations. Around 60 scientists have been trained and each nation has developed high resolution first version maps of soil properties and interpretations for management decisions.