Open Data

Organic Soils

Description

This map displays the distribution of organic soils in the agricultural region of Alberta. Organic soils consist of layers of material with greater than 30 percent organic matter and a total thickness of greater than 40 cm. Organic soils are generally saturated with water for most of the year unless drained. Saturation inhibits decomposition and encourages continued accumulation of organic material. Drainage of these soils can result in a rapid increase in decomposition and a reduction in the thickness of the organic material. This resource was created in 2002 using ArcGIS.

Updated

December 4, 2017

Tags
ALBERTA DOWNLOADABLE DATA PEAT SOILS SOIL HEALTH SOIL TYPES

Title and Dataset Information

Alternative Title

Organic Soils

Date Modified

2017-12-04

Update Frequency

Other

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Agriculture and Forestry

Resource Dates

Date Created

2005-09-01

Date Added to catalogue

2017-12-12T04:52:36.304748

Date Issued

2005-09-01

Date Modified

2017-12-04

Identifiers

Usage / Licence

Usage Considerations

To show where organic soils occur, which is important since special management may be required on these soils. Agricultural production is limited an organic soils. They are usually deficient in phosphorus, potassium and many micronutrients. Where cereal crops are grown an organic soils, copper deficiency is commonly seen in the corp. Additions of copper sulfate to the soil can correct this deficiency. Specific soil management techniques such as drainage, using forages in rotation or establishing permanent cover will enhance agricultural production on these soils.

Contact

Contact Name

Alberta Agriculture and Foresty, Government of Alberta

Contact Email

duke@gov.ab.ca