Agricultural Economics Department
agricultural economics, changes in south dakota agriculture, farm population, farm production, farm ownership
Because many significant changes have taken place in South Dakota agriculture in recent decades, it seems desirable to visualize what has happened. Such a backward look may be necessary in order to arrive at sound plans for today and tomorrow. Information presented in a properly constructed graph or chart can be seen at a glance and understood quite readily. Usually it takes more time to grasp the same ideas or information when presented either in written form or in a statistical table. It is to be hoped that the following graphic presentation will contribute toward a better understanding of some phases of South Dakota agriculture. Basic to the problems of any agricultural area are its soil, its climate and its population. Available and pertinent information on these subjects is presented in map, chart or graph form, with a minimum of written explanation. Historical changes in the relative size of the town and country population, land area in farms, size and number of farms, farm ownership and income are likewise visualized graphically. Maps and graphs show where the important crops are produced, trends in acreage and production, price relationships ,taxes, power, livestock numbers, etc. Changes in the financial condition of farmers are shown in graphs on loans, foreclosures, cash farm income and related data. Some of the graphs present information on a state-wide basis. Other charts and maps depict data by counties or by agricultural areas. Some maps and charts picture the situation as of a given time, whereas others show the changes that have taken place over a period of time.
South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Agricultural Experiment Station
Lundy, G., "Graphic Views of Changes in South Dakota Agriculture" (1949). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 75.