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Publication #SL148

Calhoun County: Soil Ratings for Selecting Pesticides 1

G.W. Hurt and T.A. Obreza2

Resource soil scientists with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service have rated the soils that are delineated by map units in the Calhoun 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 toleach 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 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 the list 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., D.E. Leach, and W.G. George. 2004. Soil Survey of Calhoun, Florida. USDA/NRCS in cooperation with University of Florida Agricultural Experiment Stations.

  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.


Table 1. 

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







013002 1 2 Albany Medium Medium
013004 1 4 Brickyard Low High
013005 1 5 Robertsdale Low Medium
013006 1 6 Bladen Low High
013007 1 7 Blanton Medium Low
013008 1 8 Blanton Medium Low
013010 1 10 Bonifay Medium Low
013012 1 12 Chipley High Medium
013014 1 14 Chipola Medium Low
013017 1 17 Florala Low Medium
013018 1 18 Florala Low Medium
013020 1 20 Dorovan Low High
013020 2 20 Pamlico Low High
013020 3 20 Rutlege High High
013021 1 21 Dothan Low Medium
013022 1 22 Dothan Low Medium
013023 1 23 Dothan Low Medium
013024 1 24 Dunbar Low Medium
013025 1 25 Duplin Low Medium
013029 1 29 Kenansville Medium Medium
013030 1 30 Garcon Medium Medium
013031 1 31 Foxworth High Low
013032 1 32 Fuquay Low Low
013033 1 33 Fuquay Low Low
013034 1 34 Fuquay Low Low
013035 1 35 Hurricane High Medium
013036 1 36 Lakeland High Low
013037 1 37 Lakeland High Low
013038 1 38 Tawcaw Low High
013038 2 38 Ochlocknee Medium Medium
013039 1 39 Leefield Low Medium
013041 1 41 Lucy Medium Low
013042 1 42 Lucy Medium Low
013043 1 43 Lucy Medium Low
013044 1 44 Orangeburg Medium Medium
013045 1 45 Orangeburg Medium Medium
013046 1 46 Orangeburg Medium High
013048 1 48 Pansey Low High
013051 1 51 Plummer Medium High
013054 1 54 Croatan Low High
013054 2 54 Surrency Low High
013054 3 54 Pantego Low High
013055 1 55 Pottsburg Medium High
013057 1 57 Stilson Low Medium
013058 1 58 Stilson Low Medium
013060 1 60 Croatan Low High
013060 2 60 Rutlege High High
013060 3 60 Surrency Low High
013061 1 61 Troup Medium Low
013062 1 62 Troup Medium Low
013064 1 64 Pamlico Low High
013064 2 64 Bibb Medium High
013064 3 64 Rutlege High High
013066 1 66 Lakeland High Low
013066 2 66 Troup Medium Low
013067 1 67 Alapaha Low High
013068 1 68 Croatan Low High
013068 2 68 Kinston Low High
013068 3 68 Surrency Low High
013069 1 69 Leefield Low Medium
013070 1 70 Alapaha Low High
013071 1 71 Dothan Low High
013071 2 71 Fuquay Low Low
013072 1 72 Pits 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 Calhoun 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, made land, borrow pits, spoil banks, 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 SL148, a fact sheet of the Soil and Water Science Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Published: March 1999. Revised: September 2006. Reviewed June 2013.. Please visit the EDIS website at


G.W. Hurt, National Leader for Hydric Soils, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; 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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