Department of Horticulture
In the spring of 1903 a variety test of over 800 varieties of vegetables was undertaken for and in co-operation with the United States Department of Agriculture. W. W. Tracy, Sr., of the Division of Seed and Plant Introduction of the Bureau of Plant Industry, was sent by the Department to several states where this co-operative work is carried on, and visited this Station in the spring of 1903 to complete the preliminary arrangements. The United States Department of Agriculture furnished the seeds and paid for the labor. The land and superintendence were furnished by this Station. In 1903 a hailstorm on July 15 destroyed the· plants so that no satisfactory results were obtained except with the earliest garden peas, which were reported in Bulletin 84. In 1904 the tests were confined to peas, beans, sweet corn and cabbage and the list of varieties changed to some extent. The notes were taken upon special blanks furnished by the Department of Agriculture, but the following tables include only a small part of the notes taken. Only those points deemed of special interest to the general public at this stage of the investigation are included. The results of this co-operative work in several states, representing the various parts of the country, will be published in due season by the Department of Agriculture. One of the objects of this very thorough system of not-taking, embracing many points of botanical interest, is the compilation of definite technical descriptions of all the leading varieties of garden vegetables. The following notes are understood to be a brief survey of the facts deemed most essential for the planter at this time. It is, of course, understood that results of one season only are not to be considered as final proof of the real value of the variety. Varieties vary widely in their adaptation to varied localities and soils.
vegetables, peas, beans, sweet corn, cabbage
South Dakota Agricultural College Experiment Station
Hansen, N.E.; Fulkerson, V.P.; and Sanderson, E.G., "Co-Operative Vegetable Tests in 1904" (1905). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 91.