New Map Packages for the SSURGO Downloader

by Rich Nauman, Product Engineer, Esri.

Map package from SSURGO DownloaderDo you need to use soil data in your analysis? Simply open the SSURGO Downloader Application, navigate to your project area, click the map to open a pop-up and then click the download link to retrieve a ready to use pre-configured map package. It’s that easy!

Based on feedback we received at the 2012 Esri International User Conference, we have updated the map packages provided in our SSURGO Downloader Application. We added 14 new fields for a total of 140 attributes. In addition to attributes such as bedrock depth, steel corrosion hazard, hydric class, and range forage production, included now are 12 fields that detail a soil’s potential to produce various types of wildlife habitat, the version number of the SSURGO tables, and Corn Suitability Rating. The calculation for the weighted average fields from the component table has been improved and we added a date stamp to the Map Document Properties.

Navigate to your study area and click the pop-up to quickly download and begin using soil data in a pre-configured map document

Figure 1: Navigate to your study area and click the pop-up to quickly download and begin using soil data in a pre-configured map document.


Twelve new wildlife habitat fields are included with the new map packages

Figure 2: Twelve new wildlife habitat fields are included with the new map packages.

If you can’t find the soil attribute you are looking for, please leave a comment on the Downloader page. We would love to hear from people using the downloader and learn about your needs and how you are using the data.




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6 Comments

  1. jayfish says:

    The viewer application doesn’t seem to work !!!

  2. sbuto says:

    The viewer works great for us. The extracted map package doesn’t contain layer files, however (extracting for subbasins in Nevada).

  3. richardnauman says:

    jayfish,

    We have been testing the soil down loader and it is working fine for us. Please contact me at rnauman@esri.com if you continue to have problems.

    Richard Nauman

  4. richardnauman says:

    sbuto,
    Unfortunately the layer files did not get added to the map packages in the Great Basin Region. I will rerun them and update the files this afternoon. Until then I have made an item on ArcGIS.com that contains the layer files.

  5. dpastizzo says:

    Is there metadata for the SSUGO data that I downloaded? For instance, I would like to know what a Temperature Class of “mesic” actually means. Or what a Non-Irrigated Capacity Class of “3″ means.