PastureMap lets you upload your own soil data so you can view this information on your map. In order to do so you will need to go to the Web application of PastureMap and have the following information ready to transfer to our template.

  • Date: The date the sample was collected (e.g. 3/24/2018)

  • Point.Name:  A unique identifier for a soil measurement point (e.g. TOKA-001). This is used to track multiple measurements at the same point to see changes over time. This can be any value you like. We suggest using a prefix unique to your ranch followed by a number.

  • Latitude: Latitude coordinate of the soil sampling point (e.g. 37.24593821). If two rows have the same value for Point.Name, the latitude and longitude must match. Latitude and longitude are only required the first time a Point.Name appears.

  • Longitude: Longitude coordinate of the soil sampling point (e.g. -122.5028349).

  • Bulk.Density: Bulk density in g/cm^3 (e.g. 1.16).

  • Soil carbon percentage between 0 and 10 cm depth (e.g. 3.61).

  • Soil carbon percentage between 10 and 40 cm depth (e.g. 2.82).

  • Infilt2: Water infiltration time in minutes for 2.5 cm of water to be absorbed into the ground (e.g. 17.49).

Each row in the Template we provide represents a single summarized soil sample for a given date and sampling point. If no data is available for soil carbon, bulk density, or water infiltration time for a particular soil sample, the value in the CSV file should be "NA".

Need Help Collecting Soil Data?

If you need help with how collect your Soil data, Point Blue Conservation Science publishes a very detailed Rangeland Monitoring Network Handbook with more information about how to collect these measurements for your ranch.

How to Upload your Soil Data

Step 1: Login to your PastureMap account in the Web application

In order to upload your soil data into PastureMap you have to make sure you are logged in on the Web application of PastureMap. To do so, go to and use your normal login email and password.

Step 2: Go to the Tools tab on the Blue menu Bar

When you are on the Map webpage of PastureMap, go to the blue menu bar on the top left corner and click on the "Add Items to map Tab" which is indicated by the square with the addition sign in the middle.

Step 2: Click on the "Import Soil Data" tab

Next, click on the tab where it says "Import Soil Data". After you click this tab another pop up window will appear and will give you the opportunity to download our Soil Data Template.

Step 3: Download the our Soil Data Template and enter your data

The next step is to download our CSV Template and add your Soil data. When you download our template it will have 2 rows showing you examples of what data should go where. You can enter as many rows as you want. Each row in the spreadsheet represents a single soil point to display in PastureMap. Make sure row 1 still contains the header text "Date", "Point.Name", etc. The values in each cell of the spreadsheet must match the header labels. In addition, make sure to replace the two example rows with your actual data or you can just delete the rows so they do not get uploaded into your account.

Step 4: Save or Export your data as a CSV file.

Once you have added all your soil data to out template you must make sure to save or export it as a CSV file.

  • If you are using Microsoft Excel, you need to save it as a CSV File. To do this, Click on File and select Save As, and finally in the File Format select CSV or Comma Separated Values. Then click save.

  • If you are using the Numbers application on a Mac computer you need to Export the file to a CSV. To do this go to File, then go down to Export To, and finally click on CSV. Next, another window will appear and then all you have to do is click Next and it will Save as a CSV file.

Step 6: Upload Soil Data

The final step is to Browse for the CSV document you just filled out with all of your soil data. Once you select the CSV file, all you have to do is click is Upload. Then another pop window will appear stating that your data has successfully uploaded. To start viewing your soil data click on the green tab that says Great! Let's use it.

Step 7: View Soil Data

After you import your data, each soil point will appear on your map in PastureMap as a shovel icon. Click on the shovel icon to see Soil Carbon and Bulk Density data and trends over time.

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