Department of Chemistry
The state of South Dakota embraces within her vast domains a variety of soil and climatic conditions. One would naturally expect that a state extending from east to west for a distance of 380 miles and from north to south 200 miles would present some variety. The Missouri river, which divides the state in half, marks the western limit of the drift. The soil in the eastern part is a drift soil, while on the west of the Missouri river a variety is presented. In the Black Hills the soils are derived from the weathering of the rocks, while other portions west of the Missouri give more or less evidence of a lacustrine origin. But in addition to these variations there are still others. Well marked regions which differ from ono another to such an extent that vegetation and crop conditions vary to a marked extent are well known. For the present purpose it has been thought best to divide the state into ten different regions, each one of which has marked peculiarities of its own. The consideration of these different regions will be of value.
sugar beets, South Dakota crops, 19th century agriculture
U. S. Experiment Station of South Dakota, South Dakota Agricultural College
Shepard, J.H., "Sugar Beets in South Dakota" (1898). Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletins. 56.