Soil Data Access Help
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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.
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The Soil Data Access Website's Purpose
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
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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