Department of Agriculture and Soil Physics
That some definite system of crop rotation must be adopted by the farmers of this state before they can hope to obtain the best returns from their farms is a proposition that admits of no denial. That no rotation can be devised that will be equally suitable for all the farms of the state is also an unquestionable fact. Each individual farmer will have to work out the details of a rotation for his particular farm. But it is the belief of the writer that much can be done by the Experiment Station in determining some of the general principles involved in the -various problems that farmers will have to solve in this connection. It was with this purpose in mind that the experiments outlined in this Bulletin were begun in the spring of 1897 and ·have been carried on down to the present time. It is to be hoped that the work now so well under way may be continued without interruption for a long term of years, as its value will steadily increase with each succeeding year of its continuance. Six years' records are now on hand, but it is doubtful whether any very definite conclusions can be drawn from the results of so limited a series of experiments. The main purpose of this Bulletin is therefore to call the attention of the farmers of the state to the importance of the problems involved and the methods adopted at this Station to solve them. If we succeed in arousing sufficient interest in the subject among a few of the most intelligent and progressive farmers, so that they will aid us by co-operation, criticism or advice, we will have accomplished our purpose in the publication of this Bulletin and will wait until longer experience and more decisive results warrant us in making more definite and positive statements.
crops, crop rotation, South Dakot agriculture
South Dakota Agricultural College, Experiment Station
Chilcott, E.C., "Crop Rotation for South Dakota" (1903). Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletins. 79.