Sassafras -- Maryland State Soil
Sassafras Soil Profile
|Established in 1901, the Sassafras series was one of
the first soil series in the early days of soil survey activities in the U.S. It is one of
the oldest soil series in the U.S. It is designated as a Benchmark and Hall of Fame soil
series, which is a recognition of its historical significance in the evolution of soil
science in the U.S. These soils are mapped on nearly 500,000 acres in Maryland.
The Sassafras series consists of very deep, well drained, moderately permeable soils formed in sandy marine and old alluvial sediments of the Coastal Plain. These soils are categorized as prime farmland, which means that they are among the most productive soils in the state for agriculture and forestry, in addition to being one of the soils best suited to construction, onsite effluent disposal, and recreational development.
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