Election results are in:

WSPSS incoming president will be Matt Heyroth

WSPSS treasurer will be Karla Petges

***Don’t forget to RSVP for the Spring Meeting in Watertown!***

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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in General


WSPSS Spring/Summer 2015 Tour, Watertown Wisconsin

Happy Spring WSPSS members

Happy Spring WSPSS members.

Get out your calendars and mark Friday, June 5, 2015 as the date for our bi-annual spring WSPSS meeting.  It will be an educational day starting with a tour of a WI certified soil testing laboratory, the Rock River Laboratory.  Most of us talk soil sampling as a regular and important component of our jobs and the basis of our conservation planning.  Yet, how many of you have actually ever been to a soils lab to see how it is done?  Well, here’s your chance!  The tour is scheduled to start at 9:00 Friday, June 5 at the Rock River Laboratory (710 Commerce Dr. P.O. Box 169 Watertown, WI 53094-0169, 920-261-0446).


Since 1975, Rock River Laboratory has provided reliable, accurate, and timely feed, forage, soil, and water analyses to the agricultural community throughout the US, and more recently, across the globe. Rock River Laboratory is certified by the National Forage Testing Association, Farm Service Agency, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, a member of the Midwest Lab Consortium, and participant in numerous check-sample programs.  They offer a host of testing services including soils, water, feed and plant tissue testing.  Their expert staff and advanced facilities are designed to offer a complete line of accurate, cost effective and timely analytical results to their clients, while providing unsurpassed customer service.

Following the tour we will meet at the Lower Pavilion in Riverside Park in Watertown (see attachment) for a catered lunch at noon with the meeting to follow.  To get an accurate head count for lunch please RSVP by May 11 to Karla Petges at or 920-386-9999 X-136.

Also, please submit topics for discussion and any other item of interest for the meeting agenda to me at


Hope to see you there.




Kathryn Eggers

NRCS District Conservationist

Washington/Ozaukee Counties

333 E Washington St, Suite 3200

West Bend, WI  53095

Please see below link to find out specific information on the meeting / lunch location for the June 5 meeting.


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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in General


Save the date: 6/5/15 WSPSS Meeting and Tour in Watertown, WI. More info soon!

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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in General


2015 NCSS Conference – DULUTH, MN June 7-11

The 2015 National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) Conference will be held in Duluth, Minnesota on June 7-11!

We hope to see you there!

A web site has been established for frequently updated materials on the conference:

A highlight of this year’s conference is a “call for proposals”.  A science committee has been developed to review abstracts for poster and oral presentations and training sessions relating to work in soil survey, ecological site description, soil health, promoting soil data and information and digital soil mapping and other technology advances.  More details about these opportunities can be found at the following URL:

Abstracts maybe submitted at the following URL:

This year’s NCSS Conference features:

  • Day-long field tours on June 7 and 10
  • Committee meetings and presentations on June 8
  • 24 training sessions and 18 oral presentations on June 9
  •   Poster sessions-June 8 and 9
  • NCSS Town Hall on the Future of Soil Survey on June 11

A tentative agenda is on the web site along with lodging and registration information.

There are active committees organizing the various parts of the conference.  Once finalized, these will be listed in the “Committees” section.

Feel free to contact any of the following for more in-depth information:

John Beck, Chair,, 651-602-7895

Watch for updates and information on the Conference on the website.

See you in Duluth!

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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in General


2015 Scholarship Application is Available

Students, check out the student tab for the latest scholarship application!
Applications are due on March 31st!

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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in General


Youth Outdoor Fest

Join us at the Youth Outdoor Fest at Veteran’s Freedom Park in La Crosse, WI on July12th from 10am – 2pm.

This is a new location this year for this FREE event!

FREE Entry…. FREE Hot Dog!

Raffle Prizes and lots of Outdoor Activities… including the Scoop on Soil booth where kids get to learn about Soil Health by digging into real LIVE soil!


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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in General


June 27, 2014 WSPSS Meeting At TREEHAVEN


As I hope you all know from Dave Gundlach’s earlier email the spring meeting of WSPSS has been rescheduled for Friday, June 27th at Treehaven. I am excited about the educational program that we have scheduled. Our afternoon presenter for the education session is Mark Krupinski NRCS-Ecological Site Specialist. Mark will do a presentation and field tour on the NRCS’ ecological site description and inventory program. Ecological site descriptions (ESDs) are a relatively new product from the NRCS. The NRCS has traditionally been concerned with soil and water conservation, with this new program they are adding native vegetation conservation and management concerns to the portfolio. About 50 new Ecological Site Specialists have been created nationwide to accomplish the task of eventually creating ESDs that relate to all major soil map units. An important feature within an ESD is the state and transition model which describes the various plant communities, their habitat characteristics and the processes of change within them. The field tour will shoe examples of various forest plant communities and how they got to be the way they are. Mark has over 30 years of experience in classifying and interpreting forest soils and is eager to explain his ESD project to WSPSS.

Steve Frings
WSPSS President

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Posted by on June 5, 2014 in General


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