Agricultural Economics Department
Livestock, Wheat, Agricultural Economics, North Central South Dakota
This STUDY was made in an attempt to give information on the relative monetary advantages of producing wheat or livestock as the main enterprise on farms in North Central South Dakota (Fig. 1). The area varies considerably in natural resources, selected sections being well adapted to wheat production while others are suited only for the production of livestock. There is little question what should be produced in such sections but in other parts it is debatable whether wheat or livestock production is the more profitable. Wheat production appears to have been relatively more profitable on many farms prior to 1930, causing an increase in the acreage, with the result that the section came to be known as the "wheat area" of the state, but there are some indications that such a designation may not be justified in the future: Will wheat production be the most profitable major enterprise in this area in the future or will the production of livestock replace it? Should farmers with a relatively large acreage of wheat continue their present organization or gradually shift to livestock production?
South Dakota State State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Agricultural Experiment Station
Nelson, A. G. and Korzan, G. E., "Should Farmers Emphasize Wheat or Livestock in North Central South Dakota?" (1941). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 30.