Land capacity classification – a basis for farm conservation planning

  • Scotney DM


Inadequacies evident in present-day farm planning procedures require that attention be given to land classification - the starting point of land-use planning. It is suggested that soils, correctly classified and accurately mapped, provide the only reliable basis for developing a land capability classification. A study of several systems in current use, including that of the United States, enables important principles to be identified. A capability classification developed and applied in the Howick Extension Area provides a means of improving farm planning procedures. Although possibilities for developing a national system are considered, emphasis is given to the advantages of planning land use directly on the basis of defined soil series.

Keywords: classification|farms|conservation planning|farm planning|land uses (ill)|soils|mapping|development|procedures|Howick|management


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eISSN: 1727-9380
print ISSN: 1022-0119