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Glossary of Definitions and Terms for Mapping Bedrock

Glossary of Landform and Geologic Terms from the Source Title 430 – National Soil Survey Handbook, (430-629-H, 1st Ed., Amend. 25, Nov. 2017). 629-A.66 The following is a select list that may assist with mapping bedrock from the 1161 terms defined in the original government document. At the end of this page additional information is [...]

How much land is needed for a livestock nutrient management program?

How much land depends on the amount of manure. Obviously, the amount of manure depends on the amount of livestock. More livestock generates more manure, which means more land is necessary for spreading manure. Much of this post is very familiar to agricultural facilities. For some of us, it brings an appreciation and perspective that [...]

What areas benefit the most from an infield bedrock verification survey?

Agricultural triage. By all means a farmer’s or agricultural facility’s nutrient management program is an important factor for determining how many acres of land are needed. However, where will this land come from? One approach for determining what areas could benefit from a bedrock mapping survey is to start with a type of triage. Triage [...]


Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Report This Kewaunee case history is well thought out and implemented. It focuses on thirty-six square miles located in the Town of Lincoln, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin. The report, found on the internet, is called the Hydrogeological characterization of the Town of Lincoln, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin by Michael J. Parsen, [...]

What is top of bedrock?

Top of bedrock defines the bottom of the soils or unconsolidated unit. Depth to bedrock is generally the same as the soil thickness. Undoubtedly, the top of the soil unit is easy to place. It is ground level. However, defining the top of rock is sometimes problematic. First, the top of bedrock is not something [...]

Geology, Groundwater, Geophysics, and WI DNR NR 151 Runoff Management Standards

WI DNR NR 151 Runoff Management Standards is a large document (link). It covers runoff pollution performance standards for agricultural facilities as well as non−agricultural facilities and transportation facilities. This web site focuses on geophysical applications, pertaining primarily to agricultural facilities. Consequently, excerpts of the document that discuss bedrock, fractures, groundwater, geophysics, or direct conduits [...]

A History of Groundwater Protection Past Present and Future

History reveals that the 1960s brought a great deal of new attitudes and cultural change towards the forefront of society. Part of this history was a growing concern for the environment. The realization that problems such as raw sewage flowing into lakes and rivers, smokestacks creating unbearable smog, and the haphazard use of pesticides and [...]

References and links for agricultural professionals, farmers, engineers, geologists, geophysicists,…

Farm and Dairy Association Type Websites: Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin Dairy Business Association Wisconsin Agri-Business Association Wisconsin Farmers Union Wisconsin Farm Bureau Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Family Farm Defenders Midwest Dairy Dairy Farmers of America National Farmers Union – Wisconsin National Dairy Council International Dairy Food Alliance The Dairy Alliance References and links [...]

What Is Wisconsin’s Silurian Bedrock

Without doubt, any definition or discussion about Silurian bedrock in Wisconsin would have its roots in other people's work. Consequently, here are fragments of text others have written about the Silurian geologic period and how it pertains to Wisconsin. The educational material provided by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey is from the University [...]

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