Department of Agriculture
The corn experiment has been in progress for three year. It was originally made to determine if corn can be successfully grown in this section of the state. Incident to the work comes first, variety tests; second, the corn growing season; third, methods of planting and cultivation. In 1885, my first season in Dakota, the total acreage of corn in Brookings county was very small, probably not five percent of the whole crop The patches planted that year with the exception of a few on the highest points, were killed by a frost the last of June. The general belief then was that corn could not be grown, except for fodder, in this section of Dakota. I have reference here to the Sioux Valley from Flandrau north, which was the only portion of the state under my observation at the time.
corn, maize, flint corn, dent corn
South Dakota Agricultural College and Experiment Station
Foster, L., "Corn" (1891). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 24.