Agricultural Information Atlas Help

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Table of Contents

  1. Search for your location
  2. How to add information to your map
  3. Navigation
  4. Create Maps
  5. Add Text and Draw Shapes
  6. Add location info to your map
  7. Draw field boundaries
  8. Measure the area of a field
  9. Measure distance
  10. Gathering Information to Register for a Premises Identification Number (PID)
  11. Create a map for a Tile Drainage Record
  12. Create a Nutrient Management Strategy or a Non-Agricultural Source Material (NASM) Plan
  13. Create a map for AgErosion Information
  14. Create a map using the GLASI template
  15. Create a map using the Pest Assessment Report Sketch
  16. Create a map for a BeeYard Registration Sketch
  17. Create a map for FIT 5 CLI Projects
  18. Create a map for Farm Fire Safety
  19. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Crop Inventory Legend
  20. Glossary
  21. Ontario Soil Survey Complex Layer Labels

Search for your location

  1. Under the "Map Information" tab, click on the "Search by Location" button.
  2. Click on the "Selected Item" drop down menu to choose a search method, then click "Search".
  3. Fill in the required fields in the window to the left of the map.
  4. Depending on the search type you choose, click "Locate," "Zoom To," Search," or "Find Parcel." If the search finds more than one location, click on the most relevant.

If you use the "Find an Address" search option, type in your street address in the "Address" box and type your town or city in the "Municipality" box.

Image showing how to use the Search by Location button.

How to add information to your map

Once you have found your location, you can add information to the map.

  1. Under the "Map Information" tab, click on the "Select Map Layers" button.
  2. Open the "Parcels," "Administrative" and "Environment/Base Data" lists by clicking on the plus sign icon beside the words.
  3. Choose the layers you wish to include or exclude by checking or unchecking the boxes on the left-hand side of the layer names.
    Note: Some of the layers can only be viewed when the map is zoomed to a certain scale. These layers will appear grey on the map until the map is zoomed to a viewable scale.
  4. Some layers will require you to click on the button beside the layer name to open a legend.

Image showing how to use the Select Map Layers button.

To find more information about a particular layer:

  1. Under the "Map Information" tab, click the "Select Map Layers" button and check the layer boxes you would like to see / identify.
  2. Click the "Identify" button.
  3. Click on a location of the map to see more information for that area. A list of results about the layer at the point where you clicked will appear in the "Identify Results" box to the left of the map. You can click each result to view details about that layer.
  4. To turn on the aerial photos, check the "Ontario Imagery/Air Photos" box at the bottom of the "Map Layers" list. You may need to decrease the transparency of layer groups, or uncheck them, to see the "Ontario Imagery/Air Photos" layer.

Note: You may get multiple results when you click on the map. Try to click in the centre of the map feature you want information about.

Image showing how to find out information about a map layer using the Identify button.

Navigation

The buttons under the "Navigation" tab allow you to move around the map. You can also create and save bookmarks to use whenever you visit the Agricultural Information Atlas website.

To create a bookmark

  1. Under the "Navigation" tab, click the "Bookmarks" button, or click the book icon on the left-hand side of the map. The "Bookmarked Locations" box will open
  2. Click "Bookmark Current Extent," enter in a name for your bookmark, then press "OK."

To return to a map you bookmarked

  1. Click the "Bookmarks" button under the "Navigation" tab or the book icon on the left-hand side of the map. Any bookmarks that you have saved will be listed in the "Bookmarked Locations" box.
  2. Click on the name of the bookmark you would like to use.

Create Maps

  1. Click the "Create Map" button under the "Markup & Printing" tab. A list of different map templates will appear.
  2. Click on the type of map you would like to create.

You can save and print maps that you create.

To save and print a "General Use Map":

  1. Fill in the fields in the left-hand column, then click "Print."
  2. The system will create a printable map. When the file is ready, click "Open File." The map will open in a new window.
  3. In the new window, you can select to print or save your map.

To save and print a specific map:

  1. Fill in the fields in the left-hand column. Note: When creating a map using one of the templates, you can auto-populate location information. To do this:
    1. Click on the "Pencil" icon found in the left-hand column.
    2. Click on the desired location in the map. "Upper Tier Municipality," "Lower Tier Municipality," "Geotownship," "Roll Number," "Concession" and "Lot" and "911 Address" information will fill in automatically.
  2. When you are finished creating your map, click the "Export Map" button found at the bottom of the left-hand column.
  3. The system will create a printable map. When the file is ready, click "Open File." The map will open in a new window.
  4. In the new window, you can select to print or save your map.

Maps are created with a static legend. Layers will appear in the legend even when they are not turned on in the map.

 

Image showing the list of templates available with the Create Map button

Image showing the list of templates available with the Create Map button.

Note: When you export a map, the map will open in a new window. To save a copy to your computer hover your mouse over the bottom of the map until a settings bar shows up and click the save icon. You could also use the keyboard function Shift + Ctrl + S to save a copy.

Add text and draw shapes on your map

You can add text, and draw points and shapes directly on your map. Click the "Point" button under the "Markup & Printing" tab to see all of the tools available. See the glossary section below for more information about each tool.

mage showing the tools available under the Point button.

Add Location Information to your map

You can add text, latitude/longitude coordinates and points to your map. Right-click your mouse on the part of the map you would like to label and select the tool you would like to use.

Image showing the tools available when you right-click your mouse on the map.

Draw Field Boundaries

  1. Under the "Markup & Printing" tab, click the "Point" button and select the "Polygon" tool from the "Markup Tools" drop down boxsection. You can change the style and colour of your polygon by clicking the "Styles" button found beside the "Edit" button.
  2. Click on a starting point on the map and continue clicking to add sides to the polygon. You can zoom in and out and pan around without affecting the polygon.
  3. Double-click the mouse to finish the polygon.
  4. To make changes to a polygon, click the "Edit" button, then click on a polygon you've made on your map.

Image showing the Polygon button and an example of a polygon drawn on the map.

Measure the area of a field

  1. Under the "Map Information" tab, select the "Measure Area" button. Click on a starting point on the map and continue clicking to create a field boundary.
  2. Double-click to finish. The total area and perimeter measurements will appear inside of the polygon, as well as the measurements of each side of the polygon that you drew.
  3. Use the drop-down menu that appears when you click the "Measure Area" button to select the desired unit of measurement. The defaults are "m" (metres) and "m2" (square metres).

Note: You can click on the "Hide Labels" button to remove the labels from your drawing.

Image showing the Measure Area tool and the final area and perimeter measurements of an example field drawn with a polygon on the map.

measuring the area of a field boundary

Measure distance

  1. Under the "Map Information" tab, click the "Measure Distance" button.
  2. Click on a starting point on the map and continue clicking along the path you want to measure.
  3. Double-click to finish the line. Line measurements of each section of the line will be displayed along the line on the map. The total distance will appear at the end of the line.
  4. Use the drop-down menu that appears when you click the "Measure Distance" button to select your preferred unit of measurement. The defaults are "m" (metres) and "m2" (square metres).

Image showing the Measure Distance tool and the final measurements of an example line drawn on the map.

Gathering Information to Register for a Premises Identification Number (PID)

To register for a PID through the Provincial Premises Registry, at least one of one of the following pieces of information is required: (1) Assessment Roll Number, (2) 911 address, and/or (3) geographic coordinates (i.e. latitude and longitude).

Obtaining your Assessment Roll Number (ARN)

  1. Click on the "Select Map Layers" button under "Map Information" tab.
  2. Click the plus sign to expand the "Parcels" list, and then check the "Provincial Premises Registry" box.

  1. Locate your land parcel either through the "Search by Location" function (Refer to "Search for your location" section), or by locating your premises manually on the map if you do not know your 911 address or lot and concession.
  2. Once you have located your parcel of land, click the "Identify" button, and then click on your parcel of land.
  3. Under the "Identify Results", the Assessment Roll Number will appear.
  4. Click on the Assessment Roll Number and the Premises Identification Number (PID) will appear along with its Status.
  5. To obtain the geographic coordinates of the Premises, click on the "XY" button at the bottom of the map to show "Lat/Long". Scroll your mouse over your parcel of land to identify the geographic coordinates.

Image showing a Premise with the details of PID and Status.

Create a map for a Tile Drainage Record

  1. Under the "Markup & Printing" tab, click the "Point" button and select the "Polygon" tool.
  2. Use the polygon tool to outline the area on the map where the drain is located. Once you have created your shape, double-click the mouse to finish.
  3. Under the "Markup & Printing tab, click the "Create Map" button.
  4. Choose "Tile Drainage Record" under the "Select Type of Map" list. Click on the "Pencil" icon found in the left-hand column to auto-populate information about the location.
  5. Click on the desired location on the map. "Upper Tier Municipality," "Lower Tier Municipality," "Geotownship," "Concession" and "Lot" information will fill in automatically.
  6. Fill in any missing information about the tile drain. Once all of the information is entered, enter in a title for the map and click "Export Map."
  7. The system will create a printable map. When the file is ready, click "Open File." The map will open in a new window.
  8. In the new window, you can select to print or save your map.

Note: Once you close the map it is gone. It is good practice to save your map for your records.

Image showing a tile drained area on a map with tile drainage record information on the left.

Create a map for a Nutrient Management Strategy or a Non-Agricultural Source Material (NASM) Plan

  1. Once you find your location, click the "Select Map Layers" button under the "Map Information" tab
  2. Choose the layers you wish to include or exclude by checking or unchecking the boxes to the left of the layer names.
  3. For a Nutrient Management Strategy or a NASM Plan, it is helpful to check the following layers:
  • "Assessment Parcel" under "Parcels"
  • "Ontario Imagery/Air Photos" - turn down the transparency of the "Environment/Base Data Layer" to see the imagery underneath

Create a map for AgErosion Information

  1. Click on the "Draw Area" button and then on the map draw your watershed area. Click to turn change direction and double click to end. Make sure you have the proper units selected before you start drawing, they will not update if changed.
  2. Click on the "Draw Length" button and draw a line through the watershed.
  3. Click on the "Display Default Layers" button. This will turn on the Soils - Drainage layer. If you wish to increase the transparency of this layer, you can navigate back to Map Layers, move the slider bar beside the Environment/Base Data layer to the left. Then click on the AgErosion map shortcut at the bottom of the left pane.

Create a map using the GLASI Checkup Map template

  1. First, you'll need to turn on the watershed and sub-watershed information for your map. Under the "Map Information" tab, click the "Select Map Layers" button. Click the plus sign icon beside "Environment/Base Data" to extend the list. Check the boxes beside "Secondary Watersheds" and "Tertiary Watersheds" in the list. You now have the information you need to create your GLASI Checkup Map.
  2. Under the "Markup & Printing" tab, click the "Create Map" button.
  3. Select "GLASI Checkup Map" from the list.
  4. Enter information about your operation in the "GLASI Checkup Map Information" column. Click on the "Pencil" icon to auto-populate information about the location. "Upper Tier Municipality," "Lower Tier Municipality," "Geotownship," "Roll Number," "Concession" and "Lot" information will fill in automatically.
  5. Fill in any missing information. The watershed and sub-watersheds information is displayed on the map: the "Watershed" information is displayed on the map in green font, and the "Sub-Watershed" information is in purple font.
  6. Enter in a title for your map and click "Export Map."
  7. The system will create a printable map. When the file is ready, click "Open File." The map will open in a new window.
  8. In the new window, you can select to print or save your map.

Note: Once you close the map or web browser, the map is gone. It is good practice to save your map for your records.

Image showing map template for GLASI Checkup map.

Create a map using the Pest Assessment Report Sketch

See the different help topics above for help with searching for your farm's location, measuring your property, labelling your map, using the markup tools and adding other information to your map.

  1. Zoom to your farm property.
  2. Under the "Map Information" tab, click on the "Select Map Layers" button. Click the plus sign beside "Background Map and Imagery", if necessary, to expand the menu and check the "Ontario Imagery" box to turn on the layer. To see the "Ontario Imagery" layer on the map, uncheck the "LIO Topographic" box or increase the transparency by using the slider bar to the right of the layer name.
  3. Measure your application areas using the "Measure Area" button under the "Map Information" tab. See the "Measure the area of a field" section above for help using this function.
  4. Add points to your map to show the scouting locations where grubs and/or wireworms were detected.
    1. Select the "Markup & Printing" tab and click the "Point" button.
    2. Click on the map for the location of the scouting location.
    3. Click on the dropdown arrow, on the "Point" button, and click on the "Text" button to add a label for the scouting location.
    4. Click on the map near the scouting location and add your text.
    5. If you want to add latitude and longitude coordinates, click the button at the bottom of the map to see the latitude and longitude coordinate for the location of your mouse.
    6. Hover your mouse over the scouting location, copy down the coordinates, and then add them to a label.
  1. When you are finished making your map, click on the "Create Map" button under the "Markup & Printing" tab.
  2. Select "Pest Assessment Report Sketch" from the "Create Map" list.
  3. Enter information about your operation in the "Pest Assessment Report Sketch" column. Click on the "Pencil" icon to auto-populate information about the location. Fill in any missing information.
  4. Click the "Export Map" button. The system will create a printable map. When the file is ready, click "Open File." The map will open in a new window.
  5. In the new window, you can select to print or save your map.

Create a map for a BeeYard Registration Sketch

  1. Under the "Markup & Printing tab, click the "Create Map" button.
  2. Choose "Bee Yard Registration Sketch" under the "Select Type of Map" list. Click on the "Pencil" icon found in the left-hand column to auto-populate information about the location.
  3. Click on the location on the map for the location of the bee yard or, if it is unknown, click on the location of where the laneway into the farm property intersects with the road. Various fields of information, such as Lot and Concession, will fill in automatically.
  4. Fill in any missing information about the bee yard. Once all of the information is entered click "Export Map."
  5. The system will create a printable map. When the file is ready, click "Open File." The map will open in a new window.
  6. In the new window, you can select to print or save your map.

Create a map for Fit 5 CLI Projects

  1. Under the "Markup & Printing tab, click the "Create Map" button.
  2. Choose "FIT 5 CLI Project Map" under the "Select Type of Map" list.
  3. Fill in the "Reference Number" with the number provided to you for the application.
  4. Click on the "Project Area" polygon button and then on the map to draw your project area.
  5. Click on the "Project Site" polygon button and then on the map to draw your project site.
  6. Choose an output format and then click "Export Map."
  7. The system will create a printable map and open in a new window.
  8. In the new window, you can select to print or save your map.

Create a map for Farm Fire Safety

  1. Turn on the "Ontario Imagery/Air Photos" under "Map Information" then "Select Map Layers" (You may also need to turn off other layers to make the imagery visible)
  2. Under the "Markup & Printing" tab, click the "Create Map" button.
  3. Select "Farm Fire Safety Sketch" under the "Select Type of Map".
  4. Type in the "Farm Name".
  5. Click on the "Pencil" icon to auto-populate information about the location. Fill in any missing information.
  6. Populate additional text boxes. Mandatory fields have *
  7. Place the icons on the map in appropriate places by clicking on the icon and then clicking on the map. Currently once the icon is placed on the map, there is no way to move it. You would need to start the map over.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Crop Inventory Legend

  1. Turn on the AAFC layer under "Map Information" then "Select Map Layers" and expand and turn on the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Crop Inventory group
  2. You will need to be zoomed out to a scale of at least 1:144,448 for the layer to draw.
  3. Click on the hyperlink, starting with "Annual Crop Inventory", in the bottom right hand corner of the map.
  4. On the web page that appears, click on the "Legend" hyperlink and a web page will appear showing the layer legend.

Glossary

About Tab

Image of the Help button. Takes you to a web page with contact information and important messages.

Image of the About button. Gives an overview of the AgMaps.

Navigation Tab

Image of the Bookmark button. Create and save a bookmark of a map location to use at a later time.

Image of the Zoom In button. Zooms in on the map view.

Image of the Zoom Out button. Zooms out from the map view

Image of the Initial View button. Returns the map view to its original location or region.

Image of the Previous Extent button . Go back to previous map view

Image of the Next Extent button. Go forward through sequence of map views.

Map Information Tab

Image of the Select Map Layers button. Allows you to choose layers to include or exclude from the map.

Image of the Identify button. Allows you to click on a location and see layer information.

Image of the Search By Location button.Allows you to search for an area using different methods.

Image of the Query button.. Allows you to search for specific features on the map.

Image of the Measure Distance and Measure Area button.. Measure the distance and area of a feature on the map.

IImage of the unit of measurement drop-down menu.. When you click the "Measure Distance" or the "Measure Area" button, a drop-down menu will appear that allows you to choose a unit of measurement.

Image of Enable Snapping button and image of circle with a point. When you click on the "Measure Area" button, the "Enable Snapping" button will appear. If you click on it then a circle with a point will follow your cursor allowing you to "snap" the vertices of your markup features, or points you want to measure, to other features.

Image of the Hide Labels button.Let's you turn off the labels after you have measured an area or a distance.

Image of the Erase button. Lets you erase markings made on the map.

Image of the Clear All button. Deletes all markings made on the map.

Image of the Upload Data button.Allows you to load your data into the map for viewing.

 

Markup and Printing Tab

Image of the Create Map button. Allows you to create a map using different pre-loaded templates.

Image of the Point button. Contains tools for drawing on maps.

Image of Edit button . Let's you edit an existing drawing on your map.

Image of the tools available when you click on the Edit button drop-down menu. These tools are available in the drop-down menu of the "Edit" button. You can edit a markup, erase a markup or clear all markups on your map.

Image of the styles button you click on to get a choice of styles for your drawing tool, such as colour and type of line. Allows you to choose the style of a drawing tool, such as colour and type of line.

Image of the Export Drawings button. Allows you to download, in shp file format, the points, lines, or polygons, you created on the map.

Image of the Export Image button. Allows you to export an image of the map, in various formats, and include georeference data if you choose.

Markup Tools drop-down menu

Image of the Point tool button. Adds a point on the map.

Image of the Text tool button. Adds text to the map.

Image of the Line tool button. Draws straight lines on the map

Image of the Freehand line tool button . Allows you to draw your own lines shapes not using straight lines.

Image of the Ffreehand Polygon tool button . Allows you to draw your own polygon shape not using straight lines.

Image of the  Ellipse tool button .Draws ovals on the map.

Image of the Circle tool button .Draws circles on the map.

Image of the Polygon tool button .Draws straight line polygons on the map.

Image of the Rectangle tool button .Draws rectangles on the map.

Ontario Soil Survey Complex Lay Labels Outline

Outlines the boundaries of different soils found throughout Ontario.

Soil Code, Slope Class, and Stoniness

Soil Code

A component of the SOILTYPE Soil code was created by the federal government under the Canadian Soil Information Service (CanSIS). Non-mineral soil codes begin with Z and are as follows: ZAL = Bottom Land, ZUR = Urban, ZZZ = Water, ZBH = Beach, ZCR = Breypen variable, ZDL = Disturbed Land, ZDN = Dune, ZER = Eroded Channel, ZES = Escarpment, ZMD = Man Made, ZMH = Marsh, ZMK = Muck, ZML = Marl, ZNM = Not Mapped, ZOR = Organic, ZPT = Peat, ZQY= Quarry or Gravel Pit, ZRD = Ridge, ZRL = Rockland, ZRV = Ravine, ZSC = Scarp, ZST = Stream Channel/Course, ZUN = Unclassified (Island), ZVC = Valley Complex.

Slope Class

A letter designation commonly used in soil surveys, which symbolizes both the slope magnitude and relative slope length. Each letter, be it upper or lower case, represents a range of slope magnitude commonly expressed as a percent. If the letter is upper case it represents a simple slope meaning that it is >50m in length. If the letter is lower case it represents a complex slope meaning that it is <50m in length. CLASS A, a B, b C, c D, d E, e F, f G, g H, h I, i J, j.

Stoniness

Occurrence of surface stoniness. Field manual for describing soils in Ontario (Department of Land Resources, University of Guelph, 4th Edition): Class Meaning - Not Applicable, 0 = Non-stony 1 = Slightly stony, 2 = Moderately stony, 3 = Very stony, 4 = Exceedingly stony, 5 = Excessively stony In Peterborough, Leeds and Grenville Rockiness was also included: Class Meaning 5 = Rockfree, 6 = Slightly rocky, 7 = Moderately rocky, 8 = Very rocky, 9 = Exceedingly rocky

Three component label separated by dashes. Component percentages are a superscript of the Soil Code. In the numerator: Component 1 has soil code BNG with component percentage 34, Component 2 has soil code TVK with component percentage 33 and Component 3 has soil code MPW with component percentage 33. In the denominator: Component 1 has a slope class C with stoniness 0, Component 2 has slope class B with stoniness 0 and Component 3 has slope class A with stoniness 0.

Text Equivalent

The original map symbol used on original hardcopy soil survey maps. This character symbol is an abbreviation of the soil name. For example, the symbol for TAVISTOCK LOAM is: Ta.

Three component label separated by dashes. Component percentages are a superscript of the Soil Symbol.  In the numerator: Component 1 has soil symbol Wo with component percentage 30, Component 2 has soil symbol Co with component percentage 30 and Component 3 has soil symbol Mr with component percentage 40.  In the denominator: Component 1 has a slope class B with stoniness 0, Component 2 has slope class B with stoniness 0 and Component 3 has slope class A with stoniness 0.

Text Equivalent

Hydrologic Soil Group

Hydrologic Soil Groups are used to estimate runoff from precipitation. Classification of soils by their reference to intake rate of infiltration of water, which is influenced by texture, organic matter content, stability of the soil aggregates and soil horizon development. Soils are assigned to one of four groups. They are grouped according to the infiltration of water when the soils are thoroughly saturated. Class Description A Soils having a high infiltration rate (low runoff potential) when thoroughly wet. These consist mainly of deep, well drained to excessively drained sands or gravelly sands. These soils have a high rate of water transmission. B Soils having a moderate infiltration rate when thoroughly wet. These consist chiefly of moderately deep or deep, moderately well drained or well drained soils that have moderately fine texture to moderately coarse texture. These soils have a moderate rate of water transmission. C Soils having a slow infiltration rate when thoroughly wet. These consist chiefly of soils having a layer that impedes the downward movement of water or soils of moderately fine texture or fine texture. These soils have a slow rate of water transmission. D Soils having a very slow infiltration rate (high runoff potential) when thoroughly wet. These consist chiefly of clays that have high shrink-swell potential, soils that have a permanent high water table, soils that have a claypan or clay layer at or near the surface, and soils that are shallow over nearly impervious material. These soils have a very slow rate of water transmission.

 Three component label separated by dashes. Component percentages are a superscript of the Hydrologic Soil Group (HSG).  Component 1 has HSG D with component percentage 50, Component 2 has HSG A with component percentage 30 and Component 3 has HSG B with component percentage 20.

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Indicates classification of how well the soil drains. Drainage Classes - VR = Very Rapidly, R = Rapidly W = Well MW = Moderately Well I = Imperfectly, P = Poorly, VP = Very Poorly, WA = Water, VA= Variable.

Three component label separated by dashes. Component percentages are a superscript of the Drainage.  Component 1 has Drainage W with component percentage 30, Component 2 has Drainage VP with component percentage 30 and Component 3 has Drainage WA with component percentage 40.

Text Equivalent

Soil Capability for Agriculture (Canada Land Inventory Rating for Soil)

Canada Land Inventory (CLI) rating for the soil component. The Canada Land Inventory for agriculture is an interpretative system for assessing the effects of climate and soil characteristics on the limitations of land for growing common field crops (corn, soybeans, small grains, forages). In the CLI rating system there are seven classes: Class Descriptions: Class 1 No significant limitations in use for Crops Class 2 moderate limitations on use for crops Class 3 moderately severe limitations on use for crops. Class 4 Severe limitations on use for crops. Class 5 Very severe limitations preclude annual cultivation; improvements feasible. Class 6 Natural grazing only; no improvements feasible. Class 7 No capability for agriculture. O Organics. W Water. 0 not rated (example: urban land). Classifying Prime and Marginal Agricultural Soils and Landscapes: Guidelines for the Application of the Canada Land Inventory in Ontario.

Three component label separated by dashes. Component percentages are a superscript of the CLI Rating and Limitation Subclasses.  Component 1 has CLI Rating 3 and Limitation Subclasses WF with component percentage 60, Component 2 has CLI Rating 3 and Limitation Subclasses DW with component percentage 20 and Component 3 has CLI Rating 4 and Limitation Subclasses DW with component percentage 20.

Text Equivalent

Surface Texture (Soil texture)

Soil texture of the surface or 'A' horizon. Soil texture is determined by the relative proportion of sand, silt and clay found in a given soil. The term "texture" refers to the size of the individual soil particles and has nothing to do with the amount of organic matter present in the soil. ATEXTURE Description: C = Clay, CL = Clay Loam, CSL = Coarse Sandy Loam, FS = Fine Sand, FSL = Fine Sandy Loam, GL = Gravelly Loam, GRAV = Gravel, GS = Gravelly Sand, GSL = Gravelly Sandy Loam, L = Loam, LFS = Loamy Fine Sand, LS = Loamy Sand, LVFS = Loamy Very Fine Sand, ORG = Organic, S = Sand, SIC = Silty Clay SICL = Silty Clay Loam, SIL = Silt Loam, SL = Sandy Loam, VFSL = Very Fine Sandy Loam, VAR = VariableThree component label separated by dashes. Component percentages are a superscript of the Texture. Component 1 has Texture GL with component percentage 60, Component 2 has Texture FSL with component percentage 20 and Component 3 has Texture SL with component percentage 20.

Text Equivalent

Three component label separated by dashes. Component percentages are a superscript of the Texture. Component 1 has Texture GL with component percentage 60, Component 2 has Texture FSL with component percentage 20 and Component 3 has Texture SL with component percentage 20.

*Note: Some soil polygons will have the same attributes for more than one component. These polygons will present a label like the Drainage label example below. The first component Drainage attribute has an "R" value representing 50% of the polygon, while the second component takes up 30%, and the third component takes up 20%. Both component 2 and component 3 have the same Drainage attribute value, so they were combined to represent one value with the combined percentage to show that 50% of the polygon represents a Drainage value of "W", even though it consists of two components.

Two component label separated by dashes. Component percentages are a superscript of the Component.  Component 1 has a component percentage 50 and Component 2 has a component percentage 50.

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Geographical Information Services at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs

Email: omafra.gis@ontario.ca


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca


Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 31 January 2014
Last Reviewed: 14 November 2017