MSSS Purpose

The Manitoba Soil Science Society exists to ensure that:

Soil Scientists are well informed about pertinent research being conducted in Manitoba.

Manitoba institutions strengthen their collaborations with each other.

Soil Scientists develop their research programs based on the most recent scientific developments.

Manitoba Provincial Soil NEWDALE

Newdale Clay Loam Provincial Soil Factsheet

Newdale Clay Loam

A valuable soil of the Eastern Prairies, the Newdale series is classified as an Orthic Black Chernozem. The Newdale soils formed in calcareous, loamy glacial till of limestone, granite and shale origin. Soils are moderately well drained and occur in mid to upper slope positions of hummocky landscapes.

The native vegetation is grassland and aspen groves. They are very productive soils for spring and winter wheat, canola, barley, flax, peas and alfalfa-based forages. The Newdale soil covers over 1.3 million acres and typifies clay loam soils in western Manitoba. The average annual precipitation is 460 mm (18 inches) and the annual air temperature is 2° C (35° F) with a frost-free period of 105 days.

In 2010, the Newdale Clay Loam was officially proclaimed as Manitoba’s provincial soil.

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MSSS Events

2020 Drop In Summer Tour 

*CCA credits in Soil & Water available!*

The regular annual summer tour may have been cancelled, but we have found a way to still deliver a great field day to experience some of Manitoba’s soils in the Elm Creek, Haywood and Bruxelles area. Come drop by one, two or all three of our sites!