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Publication #SL111

Wakulla 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 Wakulla County Soil Survey Report1 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 9592, 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, permability, 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 report1. 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. Allen, W.J. Soil Survey of Wakulla County, Florida. 1991. USDA/NRCS in cooperation with the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Experiment Stations, Soil and Water Science Department; the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; USDA/Forest Service; and the Florida Department of Transportation.

  2. 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.


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


Table 1. 

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







129003 1 3 LUTTERLOH Medium Medium
129004 1 4 ALPIN High Low
129006 1 6 BAYVI Medium High
129006 2 6 ISLES Medium High
129006 3 6 ESTERO Low High
129007 1 7 OTELA Medium Low
129008 1 8 OTELA Medium Low
129010 1 10 CHAIRES Low High
129011 1 11 CHIEFLAND Low Medium
129012 1 12 SHADEVILLE Low Medium
129012 2 12 SEABOARD High Medium
129014 1 14 RIDGEWOOD High Medium
129016 1 16 CROATAN Low High
129016 2 16 DOROVAN Medium High
129017 1 17 ORTEGA High Low
129018 1 18 HURRICANE Medium Medium
129019 1 19 KERSHAW High Low
129021 1 21 LAKELAND High Low
129023 1 23 LEON Medium High
129025 1 25 MANDARIN Medium Medium
129026 1 26 TOOLES Low High
129026 2 26 NUTALL Medium High
129027 1 27 MORIAH Medium Medium
129027 2 27 PILGRIMS Medium Medium
129028 1 28 TOOLES Low High
129028 2 28 NUTALL Medium High
129029 1 29 TOOLES Low High
129029 2 29 NUTALL Medium High
129029 3 29 CHAIRES Low High
129030 1 30 OCILLA Medium Medium
129032 1 32 PLUMMER Medium High
129033 1 33 POTTSBURG Medium High
129035 1 35 RUTLEGE High High
129036 1 36 RUTLEGE High High
129037 1 37 SAPELO Medium High
129038 1 38 SCRANTON High High
129039 1 39 SURRENCY Medium High
129044 1 44 TOOLES Low High
129044 2 44 NUTALL Medium High
129047 1 47 OTELA Medium Low
129047 2 47 ALPIN High Low
129048 1 48 OTELA Medium Low
129048 2 48 ORTEGA High Low
129050 1 50 UDORTHENTS Medium Medium
129050 2 50 QUARTZIPSMNT High Low
129051 1 51 GOLDHEAD Medium High
129052 1 52 MEGGETT Low High
129052 2 52 CROATAN Low High
129053 1 53 QUARTZIPSMNT High Low
129054 1 54 MAUREPAS Low 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 Alachua County, Florida. Note that if a MUSYM appears more than once in this list it signifies that two or more soils make up that map unit, and each such soil is rated separately here.
SOIL NAME = Name of soil or other landscape component (urban land, water).
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 profile.
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 SL111, 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, FL 32611.

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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.