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Ontario designates Guelph soil official provincial soil

Dec. 2, 2015, Ontario - To commemorate its important role and historical significance in the development of Ontario's agri-food sector, the province is designating the Guelph Soil Series as the official soil of Ontario. The Guelph Soil Series is made up of loams, sandy loams and silt loams. More than 70,000 hectares of the soil series can be found in Brant, Dufferin, Oxford, Perth, Lambton and Wellington Counties, Waterloo and Halton Regions and the City of Hamilton.

This particular soil series is highly productive, glacial-till-derived and as one of the best soil series in Ontario, it helps the province's farmers to grow a plentiful bounty of corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and other forages and legumes. The Guelph Soil Series was also one of the first group of soils described by the Ontario Soil Survey, which was launched in 1914.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils and Saturday, December 5, 2015 marks World Soil Day.