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This is a deep, well drained soil on gently sloping limestone ridges.  The plow layer consists of dark-brown, very friable silt loam and is about 9 inches thick.  The upper part of the subsoil is brown to yellowish-brown, slightly sticky silty clay loam and extends to a depth of about 31 inches. The lower part is yellowish-brown, sticky or slightly plastic silty clay.

This soil is in excellent tilth, although it is only medium in organic-matter content.  It is high in natural fertility.  It is medium acid but responds well to lime.  Permeability is moderate in the deep root zone.  The moisture supplying capacity is high, and plants receive sufficient moisture, except during periods of severe drought.

Under high level management, this soil is highly productive of corn, alfalfa, tobacco, small grain, and other general crops.  If cultivated, it needs a suitable cropping system and specific conservation practices that will effectively control runoff and erosion.  Erosion is a moderately low hazard.

Representative profile:





0 to 9 inches

dark brown

very friable silt loam


9 to 31 inches

brown to yellowish-brown

silty clay loam

slightly sticky; medium, blocky structure

31 to 42 inches

yellowish- brown

silty clay loam variegated with brown

sticky and slightly plastic; abundant black concretions


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