The main soil classification systems and information resources are:
Australian Soil Classification
This is an interactive soil key. The Australian Soil Classification is a framework for organising information about Australian soils and provides a means of communication amongst scientists and those who use the land.
Soil groups of Western Australia
Western Australian Soil Groups are a simple and standardised way to identify and name the main soils of Western Australia based on easy-to-recognise soil features. Sixty groups are described in the publication Soil groups of Western Australia. Maps showing the general distribution of these soil groups are available for the south-west and the rangelands.
MySoil: soil information relevant to production
MySoil can be found on the MyCrop website. MySoil summarises the soils of the south-west into 15 broad soil types which are a starting point for yield estimates (based on plant available water) and identifying constraints to crop production.
Soilguide is a comprehensive and practical guide to understanding agricultural soils and their management. It integrates a broad range of information about soils in south-western Australia. Soilguide describes how to assess soil properties that influence production and land degradation in the agricultural area and provides management options to minimise soil limitations.
NRInfo is a source of natural resource maps and data derived from databases maintained by DPIRD and other government agencies, including Landgate; Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage; Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety; Department of Water and Environmental Regulation; Environmental Protection Authority; and Geoscience Australia.
Distribution of classified soils in south-west Western Australia
This report (Resource management technical report 401) provides information and maps for the main 17 arable agricultural soils in south-west Western Australia. Agricultural soil names are related to the WA Soil Group names and the relative amounts of Australian Soil Classification Suborders.
The report includes:
- distribution maps
- soil properties and soil-profile photographs
- soil descriptions with common names and area
- the main soil characteristics affecting agricultural productivity.