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Contact: Susan V. Fisk, Public Relations Director, 608-273-8091, sfisk@sciencesocieties.org

Thumbs up for Downer

New Jersey state soil showcased

Jan.15, 2017 –  Many states have a designated state bird, flower--and a state soil. The “Downer” is the official state soil of New Jersey.  The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) January 15 Soils Matter blog post explains why Downer is important to the Garden State.

New Jersey state soil, DownerDowner soil has a loose, sandy surface and is formed in the coastal plain area. “It’s the base for New Jersey’s woodlands and high-value vegetables and fruits, such as peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, apples, asparagus, and sweet potatoes,” says blog author Wale Adewunmi, a soil scientist with Middlesex County Utilities Authority.

In addition, some of the soil has been used for sand mining, particularly for a soil mineral called greensand (glauconite). This can have value as fertilizer. “It continues to supply sand for glass, and sand and gravel for construction,” Adewunmi says. “The sand formations are productive aquifers and important ground water reservoirs.”

To read the entire blog post, visit http://soilsmatter.wordpress.com.

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The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive, international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. It provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.

SSSA supports its members by providing quality research-based publications, educational programs, certifications, and science policy initiatives via a Washington, DC, office. Founded in 1936, SSSA proudly celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit www.soils.org or follow @SSSA_soils on Twitter.