The Manitoba legislature officially approved Newdale soil as Manitoba’s provincial soil June 17. Cliff Cullen, MLA for Turtle Mountain, introduced and supported the designation through the legislature.
Newdale Soil is a valuable soil of the eastern Prairies in a group known as Black Chernozems, which are dark, grassland soils. Manitoba has more Black Chernozems than any other province.
This soil was proposed by the Manitoba Soil Science Society since it reflects the richness of the Manitoba landscape.
“Soil is one of our critical resources supporting life, it is the basis for our agricultural food production, and performs ecological services such as controlling water quality and quantity,” said Dr. Brian Amiro, head of the University of Manitoba’s department of soil science.