Group Title: Research brief - Soil and Water Science Dept. University of Florida ; SWS-01-06
Title: Soil investigations at the IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Center (Pine Acres, Citra, FL)
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Title: Soil investigations at the IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Center (Pine Acres, Citra, FL)
Series Title: Research brief - Soil and Water Science Dept. University of Florida ; SWS-01-06
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Creator: Tischler, M. A.
Kuehl, R. J.
Collins, M. E.
Publisher: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
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Soil Investigations at the IFAS Plant Science Research and Education
Center (Pine Acres, Citra, FI)

M.A. Tischler, R.J. Kuehl, M.E. Collins


Located in northern Marion County,
the Pine Acres Research Site is about
1,100 acres of land set aside for research
in various departments. Recently,
interest and activity in Pine Acres has
increased dramatically. In addition, the
need for accurate and reliable data has
increased.


By studying the pedology of Pine Acres
and collecting a wide range of soil data
for the entire site, productive research
can be accomplished faster and more
efficiently.

At first glance, the geology of Pine
Acres seems deceptively simple.
However, hidden by the elementary
landscape are geologic secrets of
substantial magnitude. The Hawthorn
Formation, a marine deposit high in clay


and P, underlies the surficial sand
deposits at varying depths. Acting as an
aquatard (layer impermeable to water),
the Hawthorn controls lateral subsurface
water flow. Exhibiting drastic depth
fluctuations within a small area, the
Hawthorn is incredibly influential in
building construction, landscape
analysis, and plant nutrition. An
additional complication to the undulating
Hawthorn is the proliferation of
sinkholes located at Pine Acres.


Presently, soil data is being collected
from all fields in Pine Acres. At 45-
meter intervals, soil samples are
collected from the "A" horizon and
analyzed for pH, Ca, P, K, Fe, and
organic carbon content.

In addition, soil mapping is nearing
completion on the Pine Acres property.
By describing soils at the same 45-meter
increments, a high-resolution soil map
will be available shortly.


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With the addition of Global
Positioning Systems and Geographic
Information Systems software and
hardware, each sampling point will be
geo-referenced and converted to a usable
map. In conjunction with collected soil
chemical and pedologic data, GIS
software programs, such as ArcView,
will instantly provide easily interpreted
graphical images to the user.

Also, ground-penetrating radar (GPR)
is also being used at Pine Acres to
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horizons. With optimum soil conditions,
analysis can reach almost 100 ft in
depth. Examples of horizons interpreted
by GPR at Pine Acres include horizons
of increased clay accumulation, the


Hawthorn formation, and Ocala
Limestone.


In the near future, an astonishing
amount of data will be available for any
researcher wishing to conduct
experiments at Pine Acres. The
availability of such data will
undoubtedly make Pine Acres a premier
research site for soil science, agronomy,
turfgrass management, and any other
related fields.

AUTHORS:

M.A. Tischler
Soil and Water Science Dept.
P.O. Box 110510, University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
matischler(@mail.ifas.ufl.edu

R.J. Kuehl
Soil and Environmental Services
P.O. Box 357065
Gainesville, FL 32635

M.E. Collins
Soil and Water Science Dept.
P.O. Box 110510, University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
mec@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu




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