Describing soils

Series names

Regional Soil Series soil names are sometimes known as common names.

Regional Soil Series soil names are used to distinguish similar soils at a finer level of classification than is possible with either the Genetic or NZSC classifications. Because of their wide everyday usage among farmers and farm advisors, Series names that were evolved before the existence of NZSC are still used even though in some instances they correspond to more than one NZSC category – care is therefore needed when applying these names.

See also: Soil Series structure | Soil Series fact sheets