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Nature & You: World Soil Day is Tuesday

Oklahoma's state soil is port silt loam. [USDA PHOTO]

Oklahoma's state soil is port silt loam. [USDA PHOTO]

World Soil Day is Tuesday

I would suppose that if you go to the public library, you could find a book that addresses the topic of which holidays are on which dates. Likely as not, there are a good 365 of these holidays, one for every darn day of the week. Who knows? Some days might even play host to more than one holiday.

My other "I suppose" is that you are reading this article as you are seated at the breakfast table. I can just imagine you saying: "Oh, good gosh! Madge, come quick! Take a look at this nonsense! Now they even have a holiday for dirt! Good gosh almighty!"

Yep! Tuesday is a holiday. It is World Soil Day.

At the very least, I can draw your attention to the fact that Oklahoma already has an official state soil. It is Port Silt Loam.

When Oklahoma chose to redesign the license plates for vehicles, officials selected our state bird: the scissor-tailed flycatcher. I would venture a guess that nobody envisioned a scratch-and-sniff version that would feature our official state soil.

I am a big fan of dirt ... errrrr, I mean, soil.

Soil is what keeps us fed. I am never very far from the kitchen dining table. Soil is something that all Oklahomans should protect and cherish. Our old battered planet would be in a world of hurt if we did less.

— Neil Garrison, NewsOK Contributor

Neil Garrison was the longtime naturalist at a central Oklahoma nature center.

Neil Garrison

Neil Garrison is an outdoor nature enthusiast. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University/Stillwater; he earned a B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology. Prior to his 2009 retirement, he was the Naturalist at a central Oklahoma nature center for 30... Read more ›

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