Agricultural Economics Department
agricultural economics, crop rotations, southeastern south dakota
What is the most profitable combination of grain and forage for the Corn Belt? This question is of considerable importance to farmers in southeastern South Dakota who are in the western edge of the area where a corn-oat combination has long enjoyed a comparative advantage over other crops.2 Each year these farmers must make decisions regarding their crop rotations. Each must decide whether he should continue his present cropping system or change to more legumes. He needs information on the effects of legumes on yields and soil erosion and total farm production. With this knowledge he can more easily decide how much forage pays best on his farm. The public also needs to know something of the effectiveness of various amounts of legumes and grasses in increasing production and as erosion control measures. This information is needed so that national production adjustment and conservation programs may more nearly achieve their objectives at lowest cost
South Dakota State State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Agricultural Experiment Station
Berry, R. L., "Most Profitable Rotations for the Corn Belt of Southeastern South Dakota" (1956). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 126.