Department of Horticulture
This bulletin may be considered as a continuation of Bulletin 87. The Improvement of the Western Sand Cherry; and Bulletin 108, New Hybrid Fruits. The season of 1909 was favorable to the production of a heavy crop of these new hybrid plums, whereas the crop of native plums was extremely light. Last year, 1910, the disastrous late May freezes destroyed the crop, a condition common to the larger part of the northern Mississippi Valley. At this writing, June 1911, the trees are set with a heavy crop of fruit. This work of improving the native South Dakota fruits was begun in the fall of 1895 when the writer first took charge of this department, by collecting wild fruit plants from various parts of South Dakota and adjoining states and the Canadian Northwest. The work of collecting wild plants has been continued since that time, both through correspondence and by exploring tours and field excursions in various parts of the Northwest. Extensive importations have been made from various regions of the old world especially Russia and Siberia. Tame fruits have been obtained from many parts of the United States and from the mild regions of Western Europe. In the collection of cultivated fruits many of the choicest varieties of America, Europe and Asia are represented.
hybird plums, stone fruits, apricots, sand cherry, fruit cultivation
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Hansen, N.E., "Some New Fruits" (1911). Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletins. 130.