Cecil -- North Carolina State Soil
Cecil Soil Profile
Surface layer: dark gray sandy loam
are the most extensive of the soils that have their type location in North
Carolina. They occur on 1,601,740 acres in the State. They are estimated
to be on nearly one-third of the Piedmont Plateau in the Eastern United
About half of the acreage of these soils is cultivated, and the rest is used for pasture or forest. The most common crops are small grain, corn, cotton, and tobacco.
The Cecil series consists of very deep, well-drained, moderately permeable soils on upland ridges and side slopes. These soils formed in material weathered from felsic, igneous, and high-grade metamorphic rocks. Slopes range from 0 to 25 percent.
The Cecil series is on the National List of Benchmark Soils, and is a Hall of Fame Soil. A monolith of the series profile is on display at the International Soil Reference and Information Centre in Wageningen, The Netherlands.