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Citrus County: Soil Ratings for Selecting Pesticides1

G.W. Hurt and T.A. Obreza2


Resource soil scientists with the U. S. Natural Resources Conservation Service have rated the soils that are delineated by map units in the Citrus 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 Natural Resources Conservation Service office should be contacted to perform an on-site evaluation of the land in question.


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

  2. Pilny, P.E., C.T. Grantham, J.N. Schuster and D.L. Stankey. 1988. Soil Survey of Citrus County, Florida. USDA/NRCS in cooperation with University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Experiment Stations, Soil and Water 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 Citrus County (see footnotes for explanations of column headings).







17002 1 2 ADAMSVILLE High Medium
17003 1 3 CANDLER High Low
17004 1 4 CANDLER High Low
17005 1 5 BASINGER High High
17006 1 6 BASINGER High High
17007 1 7 MYAKKA Medium High
17008 1 8 PAOLA High Low
17009 1 9 POMPANO High High
17010 1 10 POMPANO High High
17011 1 11 TAVARES High Low
17012 1 12 IMMOKALEE Medium High
17013 1 13 OKEELANTA Medium High
17014 1 14 LAKE High Low
17015 1 15 LAKE High Low
17016 1 16 ARREDONDO Low Low
17017 1 17 ARREDONDO Low Low
17018 1 18 KENDRICK Low Low
17019 1 19 KENDRICK Low Low
17020 1 20 PITS Medium High
17022 1 22 QUARTZIPSAMENT High Low
17023 1 23 WEEKIWACHEE Medium High
17023 2 23 DURBIN Medium High
17024 1 24 OKEELANTA Medium High
17024 2 24 LAUDERHILL Medium High
17024 3 24 TERRA CEIA Medium High
17025 1 25 LOCHLOOSA Low Medium
17026 1 26 WILLISTON Low Medium
17026 2 26 PEDRO Low Medium
17026 3 26 ROCK OUTCROP High High
17027 1 27 POMELLO Medium Medium
17028 1 28 REDLEVEL High Medium
17029 1 29 ASTATULA High Low
17030 1 30 ASTATULA High Low
17031 1 31 SPARR Low Medium
17032 1 32 CANDLER High Low
17032 2 32 URBAN LAND High High
17033 1 33 MICANOPY Low Medium
17035 1 35 SPARR Low Medium
17036 1 36 EAUGALLIE Low High
17037 1 37 MATLACHA Medium Medium
17037 2 37 URBAN LAND Medium High
17038 1 38 ROCK OUTCROP High High
17038 2 38 HOMOSASSA Medium High
17038 3 38 LACOOCHEE Low High
17039 1 39 HALLANDALE Low High
17039 2 39 ROCK OUTCROP High High
17040 1 40 HOMOSASSA Medium High
17041 1 41 CANDLER High Medium
17046 1 46 EAUGALLIE Low High
17047 1 47 FORT MEADE High Low
17048 1 48 ARENTS Medium High
17049 1 49 TERRA CEIA Medium High
17049 2 49 OKEELANTA Medium High
17050 1 50 KANAPAHA Low High
17051 1 51 BOCA Low High
17051 2 51 PINEDA Low High
17052 1 52 ANCLOTE High High
17053 1 53 BOCA Low High
17054 1 54 APOPKA Medium Low
17055 1 55 UDORTHENTS Medium Medium
17056 1 56 LAKE High Medium
17057 1 57 ONA Low High
17058 1 58 MYAKKA Medium High
17058 2 58 EAUGALLIE Low High
17059 1 59 BOCA Medium High
17060 1 60 BROWARD High Medium
17061 1 61 ORSINO High Low
17062 1 62 MALABAR Low High
17063 1 63 PAISLEY Low High
17064 1 64 CITRONELLE Medium High


MUID = Soil 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 Citrus County, 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, pits, rock outcrop, 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 SL70, 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. Reviewed 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.

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