Data Management December 4, 2017
Paul R. Finnell, Sr. has over 37 years of soil survey operation and database experience with the Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resources Conservation Service (SCS/NRCS). Having mapped and correlated soils across the country has helped form his knowledge of the soil properties and how soils are interpreted across the nation. After 15 years as the NRCS National Soils Database Manager, he retired in January 2017 to open Prairie Hills Soils Consulting. His business goal is to provide value added products to help increase company profitability for those who use soils information in their planning processes. He spent 25 years as an agency instructor in soil properties and interpretations. His expertise is in working with clients to identify the soil properties necessary to add value to their engineering and agricultural products. Years of image analysis experience and intimate knowledge of the soil properties benefits companies that need to mine the Soils database and deliver specific interpretive value via company web based products. He uses his knowledge to help users overcome soil limitations to build solutions for their agricultural, pipeline, engineering, and wastewater needs. Visit prairiehillssoilsconsulting.com to learn more.
Data Management October 16, 2017
By Paul Finnell|October 16, 2017
Why spend the time and resources to extract the NRCS ‘Soil SURvey GeOgraphic’ (SSURGO) soil polygons only to display the vector lines as a reference? There is a massive amount of soil information within the SSURGO database, however most...
Data Management August 15, 2017
By Paul Finnell|August 15, 2017
Agronomic professionals and technicians dealing with precision farming must understand the soils within the field before writing effective prescriptions. A field provided with the same fertility, same amount of water, and same seed will still have production variability due...
Data Management June 13, 2017
By Paul Finnell|June 13, 2017
Many precision farming websites have integrated the USDA NRCS soil survey database using the USDA Soil Data Access web portal. Precision farming websites use the USDA soils database as a foundation for understanding the types of soils found within...
Digital Farming March 16, 2017
By Paul Finnell|March 16, 2017
A farming magazine recently published an article of an interview of two experts discussing how understanding the topography of a field can assist farmers in understanding soils. The first paragraph began with the sentences: "For decades, NRCS soil maps...