Land is not created equal many factors go into what makes land valuable, the obvious thing like location is important but it's just a starting point in my opinion on what makes a property more valuable than the next.Today we will talk about soils, myself I think good soils are very important I learned this the hard way owning a property with a high content of clay in the soil also known as Hydric Soils. The pitfalls of hydric soils are as follows: In the summertime hydric soil is as hard as concrete and difficult to cultivate and in the winter it's a sticky gooey mess. Septic systems in hydric soils are more expensive to install and maintain. When the rainy season hits your farm equipment is stuck in the barn and can't be used until late spring. Livestock & horses are not happy walking and grazing in a gooey mess and it's not good for the animals feet to be submerged in sticky wet clay all winter. Conifer trees like fir and hemlock will not naturally grow in hydric soils and if you try to grow them anyway many will perish in the soil or at best grow very slowly. If you are out looking at land and it's summer time you might come across a beautiful grassy meadow not a tree to be found, beware it could be a hydric soil property. With that said I'm not advocating that you not buy property with with hydric soils just know that you have hydric soil before you buy. If you're on a budget like most people you should be able to purchase a property with hydric soils at a cheaper price per acre then property with sandy loam soils. Once you've purchased the property with hydric soil you will want to keep close eye on it so that during the farming of the property or even the lack of farming the property does not turn into a critical area like a wetland as the fact of the matter is hydric soils are fragile soils.