Department of Agronomy
Forage crops rank far ahead of any other crop in importance in South Dakota. At present, more than 28,400,000 acres, twice the acreage of all other crops combined, are in grasses and legumes. These furnish a major portion of feed for our grazing animals.
Since more and more emphasis is being placed on grassland farming, considerable acreages of previously cropped land are being seeded back to forage crops. In recent years the state agricultural experiment stations and the United States Department of Agriculture have introduced and developed species of grasses and legumes which are superior to our native types for seed, hay and grazing purposes. A few of these are crested wheatgrass, Ree wheatgrass, and Ladak, Cossack and Ranger alfalfa.
South Dakota grasses, South Dakota legumes, forage crops, prairie grasses, prairie legumes
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts
Worzella, W. W.; Finfe, L. O.; Ross, J. G.; and Adams, M. W., "Grasses and Legumes: Production and Management in South Dakota" (1953). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 427.