Describing soils

Visual Soil Assessment (VSA) Field Guide

The VSA Field Guide has been developed to help land managers assess soil quality easily, quickly, reliably and cheaply on a paddock scale.

It is self-explanatory and its use does not require special training or technical skills. While the Field Guide contains a wealth of information about soil quality and its fundamental importance to sustainable resource management, the information is expressed in a simple and concise way, and will provide a useful educational tool.

The following volumes are available:

Volume 1: Field Guide. cropping and pastoral grazing on flat to rolling country. pdf icon (15.4MB)
Volume 2: Soil Management Guidelines. cropping and pastoral grazing on flat to rolling country. pdf icon (4.1MB)
Volume 3: Field Guide. Hill country land uses. pdf icon (9.3 MB)

Volume 4: Soil management guidelines. Hill country land uses. pdf icon (5.4 MB)

The VSA guides were produced with the co-operation of Horizons Regional Council, Hawke's Bay Regional Council, Ministry for the Environment, Wellington Regional Council, and Landcare Research.