Select or enter the search criteria for the categories desired.
Search by Project Information
The standard form for project information is alphanumeric or by choice list.
Laboratory Project Name
You do not need to select all boxes to use this method to search the database.
Enter the project name as of the time of sampling. If you do not know the complete project name, you can enter a partial name.
For example, if you enter “Iowa Savanna,” then “Iowa Savanna Soil Quality Study” would result in a positive match. The data
manager displays all projects that have your entry as part of the project name. Refine project selection as required.
Soil Survey Regional Office
Select an SSR office from the choice list.
First and last dates define a range between which the project was submitted to the lab (and entered the laboratory database). The date
is entered from choice lists that specify month, day, and year. Example: Sep/01/2001.
Select from a choice list of soil data providers who shared laboratory information for the database.
Additional information regarding the advanced search option is available in the user manual.
For assistance from the Soils Hotline, call (402) 437‑5378 or (402) 437‑5379 or email
Search by Site Information
In addition to entering an exact user site ID, six methods are available to select information using site-input choice lists.
Selection by Latitude and Longitude
Use the choice lists to select latitude using degrees, minutes, and seconds measured north or south of the equator and longitude measured
east or west of the prime meridian. Maximum latitude is 90 degrees north or south, and maximum longitude is 180 degrees east or west.
Or use the text boxes to enter latitude and longitude in decimal degrees. Latitudes in the northern hemisphere are positive numbers while
those in the southern hemisphere are negative numbers. Acceptable latitudes are between -90.0 and 90.0. Longitudes to the east of the prime
meridian are positive numbers while those in the west are negative numbers. Acceptable longitudes are between -180.0 and 180.0.
The latitude and longitudes for the sites where soil samples were taken are stored in the database in decimal degrees. So, it may be difficult
to find sites by a specific latitude and longitude. Therefore, it is encouraged to use the range drop-down list or range text boxes to provide
a virtual window to locate sites.
Selection by Political Subdivision
We recommend this method. Selecting a site by country, state, and county is one of the best ways to search the database. Most of the data in
the database is indexed by political subdivision and can be accessed by this method.
Selection by Soil Survey Area
Use the choice list to select a soil survey area to search. This field is populated to aid in data management while sampling a project. Soil survey
areas may overlap. They may have similar or identical names. Not all pedons are identified by soil survey area. If your soil survey area is not
listed, try a different method for searching the data.
Selection by Major Land Resources Area (MLRA)
Use the choice list to select an MLRA. Additional information regarding MLRAs is available from the
2006 MLRA Geographic Database.
Selection by National Park System Land
Use the choice list to select an area in the National Park system. If the name of a specific National Park does not display, no data are available for that Park.
Selection by National Forest System Land
Use the choice list to select an area in the National Forest system. If the name of a specific National Forest does not display,
no data are available for that Forest.
The advanced search entry choices are accumulative. All selections entered on this page are processed as one search. The "Clear All Search Criteria" button,
which is located at the top of the page, clears all choices. Make your selections carefully. Poor selections may return no results or excessive results.
If you have difficulty, we suggest you search by country, state, and county. This method offers an array of data from the selected area of interest.