Agricultural Economics Department
agricultural statistics, farmers, ranchers, types of farms, sizes of farms
South Dakota farming varies from the most intensive corn belt type of farming in the southeastern part to the most extensive ranching type in the northwestern part of the state. Irrigation farming is found to a limited extent in the western part. These extreme variations in types of farming have been greatly influenced by such factors as rainfall, length of growing season, topography and soils. The long-time average rainfall varies from somewhat over 25 inches in the southeastern part to under 14 inches in the northwestern part of South Dakota. About two-thirds of the precipitation falls during the growing season. The number of frost-free clays ranges from about 160 days in a few of the extreme southeastern counties along the border to about 130 clays in the extreme northern counties. The purpose of this publication is to pro\' ide information about the agriculture of South Dakota and to give some of the factors that contribute to farm success. It is extremely important that the prospective operator know the pertinent facts about farming and ranching before he makes an actual decision. Most established operators could profit by making a complete analysis of their farm business
South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Agricultural Experiment Station
Hoglund, C. R., "Facts for Prospective Farmers and Ranchers in South Dakota" (1945). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 56.