State Symbols USA home page

Google

  SITEMAP  

  QUIZ  

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
USA (national)

Kansas State Soil:

Spring grasses in Kansas - click to see all geological symbols
Photo of Kansas spring grasses by John Charlton; KS Geological Survey.
See All State Soils & Geological Symbols.

Harney Silt Loam

Kansas designated Harney silt loam as the official state soil in 1990 because it is an ideal prairie soil and recognized as prime farmland. The name "Harney" (meaning "people") is derived from the Wichita Indian word for Pawnee Indian ("harahey"), and stems from the explorer Coronado's journey across Kansas.

Kansas soils are known around the world for their exceptional qualities, and agriculture is the number one industry of the state. Harney silt loam covers almost four million acres in west and central Kansas (Kansas has more acres of prairie soils than any other state). Harney silt loam and other rich prairie soils make Kansas the number one state in wheat production.

Kansas Harney soil landscape - click to see all geological symbols
Photo of Kansas open range by John Charlton, Kansas Geological Survey. See All State Geological Symbols.

Though Kansas has a great agricultural heritage, about 190 million tons of Kansas topsoil are degraded each year through human activities, and continual soil erosion by wind and water also contribute to loss of topsoil. An unprotected crop field can lose an inch of topsoil in just one or two years due to wind erosion and heavy rains (this loss is not reversable, as it requires 500 years to develop an inch of topsoil under prairie grasses).

Source:
Harney Silt Loam - Kansas State Soil: NRCS - USDA
Kansas State Soil: USDA (PDF)
Links:
All Geological Symbols

    

Google

What are your State Symbols?
State Symbols USA is a nonprofit organization promoting
appreciation for our natural treasures and cultural heritage.
 

Kansas Symbols & Icons:

animal - bird
reptile
amphibian
flower - insect

flag - seal
name - nickname
motto - song
tree - soil - quarter
 

Share |

Kansas Gifts - Gifts by State