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USGS Report on Environmental Factors That Influence the Location of Crop Agriculture

The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Water Quality and Assessment (NAWQA) Program has released a Scientific Investigations Report entitled, “Environmental Factors That Influence the Location of Crop Agriculture in the Conterminous United States.”  This report presents and describes high-resolution geospatial data identifying the range of environmental conditions (i.e., terrain, climate, soil properties, and soil water) that commonly influence the location of crop agriculture and affect water availability through irrigation, drainage and soil fertility, and/or organic-matter content through applications of manure, commercial fertilizer, and lime.

View the report online at:  http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2011/5108/.