Land capability classification

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Land capability classification is - according to the USDA terminology - "a system of grouping soils primarily on the basis of their capability to produce common cultivated crops and pasture plants without deteriorating over a long period. Land capability classification is subdivided into capability class and capability subclass nationally.

Capability class
The broadest category in the system. Class codes I to VIII indicate progressively greater limitations and narrower choices for agriculture. The numbers are used to represent both irrigated and nonirrigated land capability.
Capability subclass
The second category in the system.
Class codes
e (erosion problems),
w (wetness problems),
s (root zone limitations), and
c (climatic limitations)

are used for land capability subclasses."[1]

References

  1. List of USDA terminology

United States Department of Agriculture Terms

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