Excerpt from Soil Survey of the Stockton Area, California, 1906
Sir: During the season of 1905 a soil survey was made of an area around Stockton, Cal. Requests for this work showed a variety of special interests which would be served. The following request, transmitted by the Hon. J. C. Needham and indorsed by him, sets forth the conditions in the region:
The peat soils, the adobe soils, and other characteristic soils around Stockton have never been studied in a scientific manner. The great Tokay belt of California is supposed to lie just north of Stockton. The limits of this area have never been determined. Vineyardists are experimenting every year, setting out Tokays and losing their investments from lack of knowledge of soil and climatic conditions, the very conditions that a soil survey would establish. I know of no one thing that would do more to build up this part of California than a soil survey. Not only would it help our own people, but it would attract to central California ruany people because of the facts that would be established.
The making of this survey was also advocated by Senator George C. Perkins, and in compliance with these requests a survey of the Stockton area was made. The work in this area should form a basis for the further extension of the survey of the soils of this region, and it would seem advisable to continue the survey to cover the greater part of the Tokay grape region.
I transmit herewith the map and report on the Stockton area, California, for publication as advance sheets of the Field Operations of the Bureau of Soils for 1905, as authorized by law.
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