Department of Agriculture
The natural advantages of the state of South Dakota as a stock country have long been recognized. Our range beef end mutton is regarded as second to none in its class. Our wool has earned an enviable reputation in all of the wool centers of America. And last in order of development, but by no means least in importance, our dairy products have established a. name for themselves among the very best on this continent. All of these achievements have been won almost entirely without the a.id of cultivated grains and grasses. Our native prairie grasses have, in nearly all cases, been the principal, and in many instances, the only food of our stock. In some parts of our state the system which has produced such satisfactory results in the past can be continued for a considerable time to come, with but slight modifications, while in other portions, particularly in the older and more thickly settled districts, conditions have so changed, and are still changing, that a very different system must eventually be instituted. In these localities, our native grasses, which have been the basis of nearly all of our success in the past, are fast disappearing and being replaced by inferior introduced grasses and worthless weeds.
silage, silos, soiling, sowed corn, forage plants
U. S. Experiment Station of South Dakota, South Dakota Agricultural College
Chilcott, E.C., "Forage Plants for South Dakota : Silos and Silage" (1897). Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletins. 51.