PLYMOUTH COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS SOIL SURVEY UPDATE
Merrimac Soils: Very deep, somewhat excessively drained soil formed in glacial outwash. Merrimac soils are on broad areas of outwash plains and deltas; less extensive areas occur on glacial lake plains.
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Unit (s): 254A, 254B, 254C
Classification: Sandy, mixed, mesic, Typic Dystrochrepts.
Drainage Class: Somewhat excessively drained.
Parent Material: Gravelly glacial fluvial deposits.
Permeability: Moderately rapid or rapid in the solum and rapid or very rapid in the substratum.
Available Water Holding Capacity: Low.
Soil Reaction: Extremely acid to moderately acid throughout.
Depth to Bedrock: Greater than 65 inches.
Seasonal High Watertable: Depth: greater than 5 feet.
Hydrologic Group: A.
Hydric Soil: No.
Flooding/Ponding Potential: Frequency and Type: None.
Potential Inclusions: Barnstable, Windsor, Hinckley and Carver soils are similar inclusions. . Moderately well drained Sudbury and Deerfield soils are on lower elevations. Poorly drained Wareham and Pipestone soils are along drainageways.
Agriculture: Map units 254A and 254B are prime farmland soil map units. 254C is an important farmland map unit. Irrigation is needed for optimal production.
Woodland: Well suited for woodland.
Development: Merrimac soils have few limitations for development. They are associated with aquifer recharge areas and measures should be taken to protect the aquifer.
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