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Publication #SL69

Broward County, Eastern Part: Soil Ratings for Selecting Pesticides1

G.W. Hurt and T.A. Obreza2


Resource soil scientists with the U. S. National Resources Conservation Service have rated the soils that are delineated by map units in the Broward County Soil Survey Report2 for their potential for leaching and runoff of pesticides. The rating criteria are given in a companion publication entitled "Soil Ratings for Selecting Pesticides for Water Quality Goals." These soil ratings have been developed to help pesticide users determine the potential for pesticides to be lost to groundwater or surface water bodies.

As explained in Circular 9591, factors that determine pesticide leaching ratings in soil are permeability and the occurrence of mucky layers in the upper 80 inches of the soil. Soils rated High have a high potential for pesticides to leach to groundwater, soils rated Medium have a medium potential for pesticides to leach to groundwater, and soils rated Low have a low potential for pesticides to leach to groundwater. Factors that determine pesticide runoff ratings from soils are hydrologic group, permeability, and slope. Soils rated High have a high potential for pesticide runoff, soils rated Medium have a medium potential for pesticide runoff, and soils rated Low have a low potential for pesticide runoff.

NOTE: The user may discover that one or more map unit names in Table 1 have been updated from names given in the legend of the soil survey report2. For example, a soil map unit may be listed in the survey report with a single soil series name, whereas the same soil map unit is shown as comprising two or more soil series in Table 1 (sequence numbers 1, 2, 3, ..) Where this occurs, the user should use the multi-named map unit given here, and make pesticide selections based on the most limiting condition to be found on the land in question. If necessary, the local National Resources Conservation Service office should be contacted to perform an on-site evaluation of the land in question.


  • Obreza, T.A. and G. W. Hurt. 2006. Soil Ratings For Selecting Pesticides For Water Quality Goals. Circular 959, Cooperative Extension Service, Soil and Water Science Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 32611. 5pp.

  • Pendleton, R.F., H.D. Dollar, L. Law, Jr., S.H. McCollum and D.J. Belz. 1984. Soil Survey of Broward County, Eastern Part, Florida. USDA/NRCS in cooperation with University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Experiment Stations, Soil Science Department and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


The development of this document was supported by the USDA/ES Water Quality Initiative Project # 89EWQI-1-9134.


Table 1. 

Soil Ratings for Broward County (see footnotes for explanations of column headings).







606AE 1 AE ARENTS High Low
606AE 2 AE URBAN LAND High High
606AO 1 AO ARENTS Medium Low
606AO 2 AO URBAN LAND Medium High
606Ba 1 Ba BASINGER High High
606Bc 1 Bc BOCA Medium High
606Be 1 Be BEACHES High High
606Ca 1 Ca CANAVERAL High Medium
606Ca 2 Ca URBAN LAND High High
606Da 1 Da DANIA Low High


1 Dd DADE High Low
606Df 1 Df DUETTE Medium Low
606Df 2 Df URBAN LAND High High
606Du 1 Du DADE High Low
606Du 2 Du URBAN LAND High High
606Ha 1 Ha HALLANDALE Medium High
606Hb 1 Hb HALLANDALE Medium High
606Hb 2 Hb URBAN LAND High High
606Hm 1 Hm HALLANDALE Medium High
606Hm 2 Hm MARGATE Medium High
606Ia 1 Ia IMMOKALEE Medium High
606Ir 1 Ir IMMOKALEE Medium High
606Ir 2 Ir URBAN LAND Medium High
606Iu 1 Iu IMMOKALEE Medium High
606Iu 2 Iu URBAN LAND Medium High
606La 1 La LAUDERHILL Low High
606Ma 1 Ma MARGATE High High
606Mu 1 Mu MARGATE High High
606Mu 2 Mu URBAN LAND High High
606Ok 1 Ok OKEELANTA Low High
606Pa 1 Pa PAOLA High Low
606Pb 1 Pb PAOLA High Low
606Pb 2 Pb URBAN LAND High High
606Pc 1 Pc PALM BEACH High Low
606Pe 1 Pe PENNSUCO Medium High
606Pf 1 Pf PENNSUCO Medium High
606Pm 1 Pm PLANTATION Low High
606Po 1 Po POMELLO Medium Medium
606Pp 1 Pp POMPANO High High
606Ps 1 Ps PERRINE Low High
606Pu 1 Pu PALM BEACH High Low
606Pu 2 Pu URBAN LAND High High
606Sa 1 Sa SANIBEL Low High
606St 1 St ST. LUCIE High Low
606Tc 1 Tc TERRA CEIA Low High
606UD 1 UD UDORTHENTS High Medium
606UM 1 UM UDORTHENTS Medium Low
606UM 2 UM URBAN LAND High High
606UO 2 UO URBAN LAND High High
606UR 1 UR URBAN LAND High High
MUID = Natural Resources Conservation Service's map unit identifier.
SEQ NUM = Sequence Number, indicating a particular soil name among one or more names constituting a map unit name.
MUSYM = Map Unit Symbol from the soil map and legend in the Soil Survey of Broward County, Eastern Part, Florida. Note that if a MUSYM appears more than once in this list it signifies that two or more soils are co-dominant in that map unit, and each such soil is rated separately here.
SOIL NAME = Name of soil or other landscape component (urban land, beaches, water, etc.).
SOIL LEACH = The rating of the soil for leaching of pesticides through the soil profile.
SOIL RUNOFF = The rating of the soil for runoff of pesticides from the soil surface.
NOTE: See "Soil Ratings for Selecting Pesticides for Water Quality Goals" (IFAS Extension Circular 959) for explanations of the criteria used to develop soil ratings presented in the right-hand four columns of this list.



This document is SL69, a fact sheet of the Soil and Water Science Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date: April 1991, revised September 2006. June 2013. Please visit the EDIS website at


G.W. Hurt, National Leader for Hydric Soils, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA; T.A. Obreza, Professor, Soil and Water Science Department, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.