Soil Survey of the Honey Lake Area, California

Soil Survey of the Honey Lake Area, California

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...the soil is sticky and is inclined to puddle. This tendency is accentuated by the occurrence of black alkali in varying quantities. Local variations in the character of the material occur. In the vicinity of the Skedaddle Creek fan the type over several square miles has been more or less modified by sediments deposited in thin layers over the surface by the flood waters of the creek. In patches weathering has proceeded to an extent sufficient to give the soil a reddish color. Small dunes occur infrequently. By far the greater part of the East Side and the Island sections of the area is occupied by the Lahontan silty clay loam, as are also considerable areas along the margin of the Susan River Valley. Typically the soil is level or very gently sloping. In small areas, such as those adjoining Leavitt Lake, it has a terrace topography. About Calneva the type occupies the bottom of a basin which, owing to the low rainfall, is never filled, but which with the introduction of irrigation would be covered by an extensive playa lake. The very poor drainage conditions, together with the high alkali content of the subsoil, make much of the type worthless for intensive agriculture. Where drainage is naturally good or can be established the soil is valuable for sugar beets or other root crops. The type is especially suited to alfalfa because of its high lime content. Inoculation and the introduction of organic matter are necessary, how ever, to get a good stand. Sweet clover or a winter crop of rye may be used to precede alfalfa/ The native vegetation is sparse. Sagebrush grows over the better drained areas of the type, but the greater part is covered with spiny saltbush and greasewood. At present this type is not utilized to any considerable extent, and more

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  • English
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  • 9781236643759