The object of this bulletin is to report the progress of work which has been done in testing different varieties of barley. The variety trials of barley have been made in co-operation with Bureau of Plant Industry United States Department of Agriculture. During this time the work has been very extensive and man varieties have been tested. In the season of 1908, eighty-seven (87) varieties were grown at this Station. Before taking up the study of the different varieties, it may be of interest to note that the center of distribution has been westward. We cannot say definitely whether the distribution of barley in this country is due to soil conditions or not. We know that the general direction has been westward for the last fifty years but this can be attributed to the opening and settlement of heretofore unbroken country rather than to an acceptable environment. About the year 1850 the center of barley production was in the state of New York and it may be of interest to the people of South Dakota to know that now it has moved to a point near Sioux Falls.
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Willis, C. and Bopp, J.V., "Progress in Variety Tests of Barley" (1909). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 113.