Department of Horticulture
Over the larger part of the state farmers have been so busy with grain, stock· and dairy farming that the culture of vegetables has been much neglected. This is evident from the immense quantities of vegetables shipped into the state: especially the northern portions. And yet the experience of many men scattered over the state shows that abundant crops of choice vegetables can be easily grown with proper care and management upon our fertile prairies. Many of the failures in raising vegetables in the northern part of the state come from the selection of late instead of early varieties. Inquiries are frequently received by this station for lists of desirable varieties. While this is to a considerable extent a local matter, it has been deemed advisable to make the following tests to give some indications as to the best list to recommend for trial. In all our prairie gardens we should remember that the directions given in eastern publications about the distances rows should be apart need modification in many cases. In the east, land is scarce and high priced and labor abundant and cheap; in the west these conditions are reversed. Hence the farm garden should not be laid out in the way common near large cities where land is worth hundreds of dollars per acre, but plenty of room should be given and the garden laid out in long- rows to permit of horse cultivation. Our wheat farmers, who deem a quarter section a rather small place for one man to work, almost scorn to touch a hoe.
vegetables, gardening, South Dakota crops
U. S. Experiment Station of South Dakota, South Dakota Agricultural College
Hansen, N.E. and Thornber, W.S., "Vegetables in South Dakota" (1900). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 68.