Agricultural Economics Department
Farm Mortgage Foreclosures, Agricultural Economics, Land Use, Policy
The purpose of this circular is to make available more complete figures on farm mortgage foreclosures from 1921 to 1931 inclusive for 44 counties were previously published in South Dakota Experiment Station circular 9. Since that time data have been collected for the missing counties and for the year 1932. While the complete figures for all counties show approximately the same trend as was shown by the figures for the 44 counties, it is thought to be worthwhile to publish the complete figures. Because farm foreclosures are such a clear indication of the financial distress in agriculture, it is essential that this information be made available in order that we may have a better picture of the situation and a more adequate basis for future action on the farm mortgage problem. The information on farm foreclosures was obtained by sending questionnaires to the county Register of Deeds in each of the 64 organized counties in the state.1 Replies were received from a large number of county registers of deeds, and the information for the rest of the counties was secured directly by a member of the department or in some cases by the county extension agent. The registers of deeds were asked to report the number and acreage of foreclosures instituted for the years 1913, 1918, and 1921-1932 inclusive.
South Dakota State State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Agricultural Experiment Station
Steele, H. A., "Farm Mortgage Foreclosures in South Dakota, 1921 - 1932" (1934). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 16.