MADISON, Wis. – The Soil Science Society of America created a blog, Soils Matter, to help the public understand this precious natural resource. The blog can be found at

The blog is averaging about 2,500 page views per month.

Recent topics have included tips about soil testing, how the recent harsh winter might affect this summer’s growing season, and whether synthetic or natural fertilizers are the best plant nutrients.

In addition, SSSA has public information about soils on their website, under the tab “Discover Soils.” A K-12 committee of SSSA also updates a website for teachers,, and for students through 12th grade,