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Introducing the Illinois Soils Webtool

The TIAA-CREF Center for Farmland Research is proud to announce the release of a new webtool that allows users to explore rural land in the State of Illinois. Soil data, in 30 meter by 30 meter pixels, have been aggregated to land units.  This allows a weighted soil productivity index to be calculated for each polygon based on the amount of each soil type within that unit.  Users can select individual or multiple parcels within a township and view a summary across the selected units.  The number of acres of each of the top 10 soil types across the selected area, as well as a weighted soil productivity index, are displayed. This capability is based on the FarmPlace product under development by Ploughman Analytics.

A preview is provided below. Cottonwood Township in Cumberland County, Illinois.The left side of this image shows all polygons in the township with details for the land unit under the mouse pointer. The right side shows a summary of the land units selected across the entire township.

The tool can be accessed through our Tools and Data page above or by clicking here.